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Cameli to serve as interim fire chief; among 3 finalists for position

Assistant Fire Chief Mary Cameli will serve as interim fire chief starting tomorrow. She is among three finalists for the position of fire chief after Chief Harry Beck retired last week. (City of Mesa)

The city of Mesa announced today the finalists for the Mesa fire chief position: Mary Cameli, Cori Hayes and Mike Dunn, all currently serving as assistant fire chiefs with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department. The finalists were selected after reviewing several applications from across the country.

“I am confident that we have chosen three highly qualified and talented candidates for the fire chief position,” Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “These individuals know the community, have great relationships with the rank and file members and are committed to the organization and its mission.”

Brady also announced that Assistant Fire Chief Cameli has agreed to serve as the interim fire chief of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department following the retirement of Chief Harry Beck last week. She will begin her new assignment tomorrow, Oct. 4.

Cameli has 33 years with the city of Mesa and currently oversees the Emergency Medical Services Division, Planning and Research Division, Personnel and Wellness and the CMS Healthcare Innovation Grant. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and physical education from Southern Utah University. She holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

Cameli will serve as the interim until a new chief is hired. The final process to determine the next fire chief will begin later this month.

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