MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – After former Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department Fire Chief Scott Owen’s retirement in December of 2021, Pete Fletty has served as the Interim Fire Chief of the department. The Fire and Police Commission decided that the “Interim” part of his title was no longer needed on Friday as they voted him in as the official new Fire Chief of the MFRD.
Fletty thanked the Marshfield Fire and Police Commissioners for their trust in him to lead the department.
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the confidence you’ve shown in me to be the next fire chief of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department. I won’t let you down,” Fletty said.
Fletty took his Oath of Office in front of coworkers, friends and family on Friday morning and his wife Christina pinned his badge on his uniform.
He acknowledged City Administrator Steve Barg and Police Chief Jody Geurink and said he looks forward to progressing safety in the City with them.
“I look forward to sitting down with the department heads and pushing the city of Marshfield as a whole forward,” Fletty said. “I look forward to those meetings and moving us all forward as a City.”
He went on to thank all of his coworkers at the department including former Fire Chief Scott Owen.
Fletty’s more than 25 years of experience in the firefighting field will help him as he leads the department. The Eau Claire native has had a long line of serving the municipalities that he lives in.
Fletty’s parents had both worked for the City of Eau Claire, his dad in wastewater management and mom for the school district, and encouraged their son to find a municipal career. A second cousin, Mike Fletty, has also since retired as Captain of the Eau Claire Fire Department.
Fletty said after celebrating his 20th year as a part of the Marshfield Fire Department back in 2018 that he loves what he does.
“After 20 years still, we have the best job in the world, hands down,” Fletty said. “I love my job, and still love coming to work after 20 years. We’re never going to be millionaires in this profession, but you can make a living doing this and there’s nothing else I’d rather do. There’s something to be said for loving your job after 20 years.”
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