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Madison Fire Department
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Madison Fire Department Chiefs

Years Name Years Name
1857 - 1858 John M. Griffin 1877 - 1880 Martin Hinrichs
1858 - 1859 E.B. Chadwick 1880 - 1881 W. A. Bradley**
1859 - 1860 William Genett 1881 - 1882 Edward Quammen
1860 - 1861 D. M. Burwell 1882 - 1884 William Vallender
1861 - 1863 Charles Billings 1884 - 1890 William H. Hughes
1863 - 1864 G. B. McGie 1890 - 1907 Charles Bernard
1864 - 1865 T. G. Tibbits 1907 - 1929 Charles W. Heyl
1865 - 1866 William H. Holt 1929 - 1939 John Lahm
1866 - 1867 Martin Hinrichs 1939 - 1944 Richard Widmann
1867 James E. Fisher* 1944 - 1963 Edward J. Page
1867 - 1868 William T. Fish 1963 - 1974 Ralph A. McGraw
1868 - 1869 W. N. Moulton 1974 - 1979 Eldon E. Maginnis
1869 - 1870 A. R. Jones 1979 - 1985 Edward D. Durkin
1870 - 1871 William Farrell 1985 - 1996 Earle G. Roberts
1871 - 1877 H. A. Dyke 1996 - 2011 Debra H. Amesqua
2012 - Present Steven Davis
* Fisher resigned just weeks after being elected.
** Bradley died in June of 1881 while serving a second term.
Chiefs from the volunteer era were originally elected by popular vote of the fireman to serve for a one year term (beginning and ending in March). In 1871, the Common Council assumed the responsibility of appointing Chiefs annually with chiefs commonly serving more than one term. The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners was established in 1897 and have since that time appointed the Department's chiefs. Under the boards authority, chiefs may not be removed from office without just cause.