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New Mansfield Fire Chief Sworn In

Story By: Greg Heindel



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  Original Published: 4/16/2013

Mansfield has a new fire chief to replace the retired John Harsch.

Mayor Tim Theaker administered the oath of office Tuesday to Steven Strickling, previously one of three assistant chiefs who turned down the job over concerns about their retirement benefits.

Strickling says he looks forward to the new challenge, and says he reached an agreement with the mayor whereby he can return to assistant chief if a change in the top position becomes necessary, until he becomes eligible for retirement in about four years.

Theaker says Strickling has already proven he can run a fire department by serving as acting chief since February 8th.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Strickling's wife, and two of his three daughters.
His oldest daughter is away at college.  His extended family was also there.

Fellow firefighters and other city officials also turned-out for his achievement.

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