Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow has announced the appointment of Randy Griffin as the next Fire Chief for the City of Oswego Fire Department.
Griffin is replacing Jeff McCrobie, who retired on Friday after seven years in the position, and 31 years of service with the department.
“We need to bring a fresh set of eyes and a new approach to the Oswego Fire Department and I am confident Randy will do just that,” Mayor Barlow said. “Randy is an expert and consummate professional in the fields of fire service, emergency management and public safety, bringing with him a resume that is second to none.”
Chief Griffin comes with nearly 30 years of experience. He was first appointed as a career firefighter in 1994 with the Fayetteville Fire Department and most recently has served with the DeWitt Fire Department for more than a decade.
He has worked in various capacities, including Training Officer, Health and Safety Officer and Director of Medical Operations.
From 2005-2011, Griffin was detailed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate in Washington, DC. He served as senior liaison for state and local interaction and as the principal division point of contact to FEMA.
Griffin has also worked extensively in higher education.He was the lead content developer and former faculty member for the newly created Emergency and Disaster Management Executive Master’s Degree Program at Georgetown University and since 2007, has served as an adjunct graduate instructor for the Public Administration Department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Griffin received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oswego State University, and holds a Master’s degree from the Maxwell School at SU.
Griffin will take over at the Oswego Fire Department on March 31st.
Assistant Fire Chief John Chawgo will serve as acting Chief in the interim.