WEST JORDAN — Fire Chief Marc McElreath has announced his retirement after 23 years in public safety. Deputy Chief Clint C. Petersen will serve as the interim fire chief effective Monday.
“It’s been an honor to serve as chief and to play a part in the growth our department has experienced over the years,” McElreath said in a statement. “We have a great department, and I’m going to miss working with our firefighters.”
According to the statement, when McElreath joined the city’s public safety team in 1994, West Jordan had about 52,000 residents and there was no fire department. Today, the city has a full-service fire department with 85 firefighters and four fire stations to serve its 114,000 residents.
McElreath was the last person from West Jordan who was trained as both a police officer and a firefighter before the Public Safety Department was split into two in 2000. Before becoming chief in April 2010, he served as assistant chief.
Petersen joined the city’s fire department in 2000 to help start the paramedic program. He began his career with the Salt Lake County Fire Department and spent 21 years there, moving through the ranks of firefighter, engineer and paramedic. He was promoted to captain in 1995.