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Chief Thad HovisThe Board of Commissioners promoted Thad Hovis to serve as Interim Fire Chief for the regional fire authority March 27.

Hovis has spent most of his life and his entire 24-year career within the borders of South County Fire. He started as a volunteer firefighter with the Edmonds Fire Department in 1995. The following year, Hovis was hired by the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department and moved up through the ranks as local fire departments consolidated over the years.

He is an Edmonds native and the third generation of his family to join the fire service.

Hovis holds an associate degree in fire science from Bellevue College and a bachelor’s degree in emergency readiness and response management from the National Labor College in Maryland. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in management and leadership from Western Governors University.