Join the City of Glendale family in wishing retiring Fire Chief James Briesacher the best following his years working for the City.
Chief Briesacher was hired as a firefighter with the Glendale Fire Department in April 1979, left the Glendale Fire Department as a Fire Captain in May 2003, and became Fire Inspector with the Pacific Fire Protection District. Following the retirement of our Fire Chief Zeitzmann in 2015, Chief Briesacher was asked to consider the role as “part-time” fire chief for the City. Chief Briesacher’s character and professional reputation were such that he was the first individual considered by the City when a new fire chief was needed, and he accepted the position as Fire Chief in May, 2015.
Chief Briesacher’s achievements in just two years as fire chief are remarkable including providing key leadership on the research, planning, community education, and development of Glendale’s first new fire station in over 90 years. Chief Briesacher oversaw several other lasting changes and improvements to the Glendale Fire Department such as the implementation of a new and successful fire fighter training program in partnership with the West County Fire Protection District, the planning and procurement of the Department’s new fire pumper apparatus, and the hiring, promotion, and recognition of top talent within the Fire Department.
Chief Briesacher provided outstanding leadership within the Fire Department and throughout the community always representing himself and the Fire Department with the very highest degree of honesty, openness, and professionalism.
Richard Magee, Mayor of the City of Glendale, along with the Board of Aldermen presented Chief Jim Briesacher with a proclamation honoring his service to the City on July 24, 2017.
Again, please join the City in expressing our grateful appreciation to Jim Briesacher for his dedicated leadership and service to the City of Glendale spanning over 38 years, and in wishing him the very best in his well-earned retirement and future years.