Moorhead names new Fire Chief

Photo by: City of Moorhead - Facebook
Photo by: City of Moorhead - Facebook

(Moorhead, MN) -- A new fire chief is starting in Moorhead.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Wallin was appointed as fire chief Monday night by the city council.

“This is a big win for Moorhead today,” said City Manager Dan Mahli. “Jeff has shown he has the commitment, perseverance, knowledge and technical skills to be a great Chief.”

He replaces Rich Duysen, who is retiring.

“Chief Duysen’s long-time leadership really positioned the Moorhead Fire Department as an efficient, advanced emergency services leader,” said Mahli. “I am excited to see the ways Chief Wallin will build on the department’s strengths and find ways to make it even better. There are great things on the horizon for the MFD.” Duysen stepped away from the role in May of 2021.

Wallin began with the Moorhead Fire Department in 1994 as a firefighter. He served as the interim chief during the search process.

“The Moorhead Fire Department has changed significantly since I started, enhancing its services and its partnerships with other agencies to improve quality of life for those who live, work and visit the City of Moorhead,” said Chief Wallin. “We will continue to strengthen that customer-first focus as we move forward.”