Minn. fire department appoints its first female chief-level officer

Longtime Duluth Fire Department Firefighter Marnie Grondahl is now the deputy chief of life safety and administration

by FireRescue1 Staff

DULUTH, Minn. — A Minnesota fire department has appointed its first female chief-level officer.

Duluth Fire Department Deputy Chief Marnie Grondahl is the first woman in the department’s history to hold the title of chief, according to a department press release.

She will replace Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj as deputy chief of life safety and administration following his promotion this past August.

“Marnie is currently our most senior member of the Duluth Fire Department,” Krizaj said. “Her 32 years of service at the department continue to show through her leadership and knowledge of fire safety and her overall passion for keeping the public safe.”

Grondahl has served as interim deputy chief since this May, and previously served as fire marshal for about eight years.


Marnie Grondahl was appointed as Deputy Chief of Life Safety and Administration yesterday, and is the first female to...

Posted by Duluth Minnesota Fire Department on Thursday, November 14, 2019


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