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FORT WAYNE – Mayor Tom Henry on Wednesday announced Amy Biggs will serve as Fort Wayne's next fire chief. She is the first woman to hold that position.

Henry said Biggs' gender, however, played no role in his decision. Instead her knowledge of the department and great interviews made her the obvious pick.

"Amy has a tremendous level of professionalism and I have no doubt she will serve our community well," he said.

Biggs joined the fire department in 1995 as a firefighter. In 1999 she was promoted to captain of the fire prevention bureau and became captain of the operations division in 2001. She served there for seven years before being promoted to assistant chief, where she has overseen the department's human resources and internal affairs.

Biggs, 42, said she was excited about the challenge of leading the department, and she thanked retiring Chief Pete Kelly for his work.

"I pledge to continue that exceptional service," she said of the department.

Kelly was originally to leave the department Aug. 3 but will now depart June 29. He will work with Biggs over the next two weeks to help the transition.


  • To see the mayor's announcement, verbatim, check out The Scoop.