Marsh will be new fire chief

Andrew Marsh has been selected to be Englewood's new fire chief. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the former fire chief Mike Patterozzi. Courtesy photo
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Andrew Marsh, now fire chief in Federal Heights, has accepted the offer to become the next Englewood fire chief on Aug. 19.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be Englewood’s fire chief,” Marsh said in a July 2 phone interview. “I have been in fire service for 35 years and I feel honored to have been selected for this position. During the interviews, I was impressed by the firefighters, the city staff, the city council members and the residents I met. I look forward to working with everyone as we deal with the challenges facing Englewood’s fire department.”

City Manager Gary Sears said July 1 the selection of Marsh was the culmination of a nationwide search and extensive review. The city received 72 applications and the field was narrowed to five finalists. Each finalist was interviewed by two separate panels made up of local business people, city officials and fire service officials.

Sears said Marsh was offered the position and accepted. When he moves into the position, he will fill the vacancy created when Fire Chief Mike Pattarozzi retired after 35 years of service with the Englewood department.

“We had excellent candidates, particularly our five finalists, so it was not an easy decision to make,” Sears said. “The Englewood Fire Department currently faces a number of challenges, including senior staff turnover, a tight budget and the discussion of a possible merger into a fire district. I believe Andrew understands those challenges and can provide the leadership necessary to deal with them. Additionally, I believe the fact he has a master’s degree in business administration will help him come up with innovative ways to continue to fund quality fire protection for Englewood residents.”

For the last 10 years, Marsh has served as the fire chief for Federal Heights, plus he was in fire department administration in Frederick, Md. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University in Maryland.

Marsh is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, where he completed the executive fire officer program.

Since becoming Federal Heights fire chief, Marsh has served as president of the Metro Denver Fire Chiefs Association, plus he is a member of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

“The fire service is my life and my passion. I have enjoyed working the the Denver metro area and I specifically applied for the fire chief position in Englewood because of the community,” Marsh said. “I look forward to being in the city because, while Englewood is a full-service city, the residents have pride in their community and its small-town feel.”

He added that he looks forward to the challenges facing the fire department, such as reviewing the recently completed study of the possibility of merging with other departments.

“I feel one of my tasks is developing long-term plans for the department,” he said. “I plan to meet with the staff and get to know what is on their minds as we develop plans to provide the best possible fire protection for Englewood and its residents.”

Marsh, who celebrated his 55th birthday on the day he was offered and accepted the Englewood position, lives in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver with his wife Pam and their two daughters, 13 and 17.