February 3, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch
OLIVETTE - The city has a new fire chief - Scott Avery, who has more than 24 years of experience in the field.
He will be responsible for providing administrative direction and leadership for all operations and personnel. The department provides both fire and EMS services to the city.
The city announced Avery's hiring Monday.
Most recently, Avery was the chief administrative officer for the O'Fallon, Missouri Fire Protection District.
He started his career in 1989 as a paramedic with the city of St. Louis, and held various public safety positions in Gladstone, Mo., Des Peres and the United States Border Patrol.
In 2007, Avery received a Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and he completed the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program in 2011. He's also a member of the inaugural class of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, part of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.
"I look forward to returning to my roots as a paramedic and becoming involved in the advance life support ambulance environment once again," Avery said in a news release. "I feel lucky to be working in a community that is as engaged as Olivette. I hope to have an opportunity to meet each and every resident and business owner."
The new position was advertised last year to have a starting salary of $77,100 for overseeing a staff of 21 and a budget of $2.1 million.
John Bailot, the former Olivette fire chief, took a job with Ladue. The position has been vacant for several months.
Olivette last year also hired a new city manager. She is Barbara Sondag.
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