In wake of Petersburg fire chief’s resignation, police chief could see expanded role

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — After just a year on the job, Petersburg’s Fire Chief is stepping down. 

The city hopes to appoint the police chief to temporarily oversee both departments. 

The move, meant to save money, will thrust Police Chief Kenneth Miller into the role of Managing Director of Public Safety. 

It’s a consolidated role that few municipalities use because of all the responsibility it requires, however, with Fire Chief Dennis Rubin resigning Monday, the city seems to have the decision. 

Dan Macaluso, the Petersburg Professional Firefighters Association President, spoke with 8News about the move and the concern it brings to the city. 

“Someone who’s going to be leading the organization for the fire department needs to have institutional knowledge with the fire service, understand all the components to what we do, all the different disciplines we cover when it comes to fire,” Macaluso said. 

Police Chief Miler said that he’s prepared to take on additional duties.

“Preparation is never one that you get ready,” Chief Miller said. “You should always be ready. Good leadership can overcome many obstacles.” 

Miller and Rubin were sworn into their respective roles in July 2017. After Rubin’s resignation, Miller could see his role expand.

“It’s kind of unexpected this time around here and I think that one of the big concerns for us right is the instability,” Macaluso told 8News. 

Fire Chief Rubin, who reportedly resigned to spend more time with his family, was not available for an 8News interview. Rubin’s last day is August 24. 

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