Mayor recommends Goodroad for next SFFR Chief

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KSFY) - Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether recommends the city council approve Division Chief Brad Goodroad as the next Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief.

In a news conference Friday, Goodroad said he's a person who is never quite satisfied. He says the department will keep moving forward and keep improving.

"We're going to be pushing our team to continue to provide that great service for the community," Goodroad said.

Goodroad began his career with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in January 1994, serving as a firefighter, fire apparatus operator, captain, battalion chief, battalion chief of training, and division chief.

During his tenure, Goodroad has led incident command in fire, rescue, and emergency medical services. He also been responsible for all aspects of the department’s training program and health and safety program.

Mayor Huether said Sioux Falls has one of the best fire departments in the country, and that's because of the strong bench of firefighters in the department. Eight people within the department applied for the position.

"To say it was a tough decision would be an understatement," Huether said.

The Chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue position is appointed by the mayor with advice and consent of the city council. A panel of three city directors and one citizen representative interviewed all eight internal applicants and selected three top candidates who were interviewed by the mayor.

Goodroad’s appointment as Fire Rescue Chief will appear on the City Council agenda on Tuesday, June 6. If advice and consent is provided, his appointment will be effective on Monday, June 12.

Goodroad says his top priority is to make sure the community can call this department your own and be proud of it.

Goodroad has a Master of Science degree in administrative studies from the University of South Dakota. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, and is credentialed with the Chief Fire Officer designation.