STANFORD — Stanford Fire Department will have a familiar face as its new chief in less than a month.
Scott Maples, who is currently serving as acting chief in the absence of Chief Kenny McDaniel, will take over the official position Jan. 2, Mayor Bill Miracle said Thursday.
Maples is a 20-year veteran firefighter, with much of his experience coming through work as a volunteer with the Stanford department. He also spent two years in the late 2000s serving as the Lincoln County Fire Protection District’s assistant chief and training coordinator.
“Scott’s got the experience,” Miracle said. “He’s got the background and the knowledge and the ability to do it. And the desire — he wants it.”
McDaniel, who has been on medical leave since June, will officially retire from his position in January, Miracle said. McDaniel began working for the city on the police department in 2003, then became fire chief a few years later.
Maples said he wants to provide Stanford residents with the best fire protection possible and thinks he has a “good solid group” of volunteers. Because of his years of experience and qualifications, Maples will be receiving the same $36,140 salary that McDaniel was receiving, Miracle said.
With the exception of the chief position, Stanford Fire Department is staffed entirely by volunteers.
Maples is currently serving as a Stanford city councilman, but he was one of two incumbents, along with Councilman Greg Findling, who were not re-elected to their seats in November’s general election.