Compton selected as fire chief

Columbus Mayor-Elect Jim Lienhoop has selected a 28-year Columbus Fire Department veteran to serve as the city’s next fire chief.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Compton will become the city’s next fire chief on Jan. 1, when Lienhoop and his administrative team take office. That’s according to Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the department. Compton will be taking the reins from current Fire Chief Dave Allmon, who was appointed by Mayor Kristen Brown.

Compton has been battalion chief since 2014.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve asĀ  chief of our department,” Compton said. “We have an outstanding group of firefighters that provide the highest level of service to the community. As a team, we will all work together with a unified vision for the future.”