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Arcadia Appoints Deputy Chief Barry Spriggs as Fire Chief

Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto has appointed Deputy Fire Chief Barry Spriggs to the position of Arcadia Fire Chief. A 27-year veteran of the Arcadia Fire Department, he will succeed Fire Chief Michael Lang, who is departing from the Arcadia Fire Department to serve as Fire Chief for the City of Manhattan Beach.

“On behalf of the entire Arcadia community, I would like to congratulate Deputy Chief Spriggs on his selection as Arcadia’s next Fire Chief,” said Mayor Sho Tay. “The Arcadia Fire Department is a world-class organization and the City Council is honored to have him be our next Fire Chief.”

Deputy Chief Spriggs began his career with the Arcadia Fire Department in 1993 as a Fire Technician. Between 1994 and 2008, he held the positions of Firefighter, Fire Engineer, and Fire Captain. In 2008, he was promoted to Battalion Chief where he managed the Emergency Medical Services Division, served as the City’s Emergency Manager, and was the Training Officer for the Fire Department. In 2016, Barry was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief where he managed department-wide operations, including serving as the City’s liaison during the interagency response to the Bobcat Fire. Barry has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Azusa Pacific University and is married with two grown children.

“Chief Spriggs is uniquely qualified to lead the Arcadia Fire Department. I’m confident that our Class 1 Fire Department will be in great hands under his leadership," said City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. "I also want to thank Chief Lang for his many years of dedicated service to the City of Arcadia. Mike's focus on talent development in the past few years makes appointing Barry an obvious choice and I'm sure both men will make Arcadia very proud in the coming years,” he added.

“It is a great privilege to be named the next Fire Chief for the City of Arcadia,” said Deputy Chief Spriggs.  “The men and women of the Arcadia Fire Department are the finest in the fire profession. I would like to thank the City Manager and the City Council for their confidence and support.”

With his appointment, Deputy Chief Spriggs will become Arcadia’s 17th Fire Chief. He will assume command on June 21, 2021. For more information about the Arcadia Fire Department, please visit ArcadiaCA.gov/fire.

Published: July 27, 2021