Dryden is to have a new fire chief effect Aug. 12.

The city announced late Friday afternoon that it has hired Rob Grimwood, who brings 23 years of fire-fighting experience to the position. Half of those years were spent as a department chief, the city said.

“His experience and proven leadership will be a great addition to the Dryden Fire Service and the community,” Mayor Greg Wilson said in a news release.

Grimwood replaces former Dryden fire chief Ryan Murrell, who left the department in April after overseeing a tumultuous period with the fire department.

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