Montgomery announced as Clarksville fire chief

Hopkinsville Fire Chief Freddie Montgomery will go on to lead Clarksville Fire Rescue, according to a news release from Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

The Clarksville mayor’s recommendation to hire Montgomery will go before the Clarksville City Council for a vote at a special-called meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. If confirmed, he would begin the position Aug. 1, the same day as his retirement from the local department.

“Our search was broad and wide, and plenty of well-qualified candidates were interested in being Clarksville Fire Chief,” Pitts said Wednesday. “But after extensive interviews and a rigorous evaluation process, I’m convinced that Freddie Montgomery is the right person to lead our firefighters and emergency responders into the future.”

Montgomery, 46, announced his retirement from Hopkinsville Fire Department on Tuesday evening.

A native of Hopkinsville, Montgomery joined the Hopkinsville Fire Department in 1994 as a firefighter-EMT after serving three years in the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Regiment. He was named HFD’s first public information officer in 2000, fire captain in 2002 and fire battalion chief in 2009. He became Hopkinsville's fire chief in 2014.

Montgomery will take over for Clarksville's retiring Fire Chief Michael Roberts.

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