Indianapolis Chief Tapped for State Fire Marshal

April 7, 2008
The fire marshal is expected to join the Indiana governor's reelection campaign.


Indiana's state fire marshal will leave that position and be replaced by the current chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department, 6News reported Saturday.

A source confirmed to 6News that Roger Johnson will step down as the state fire marshal to take a job with Gov. Mitch Daniels' reelection campaign, and that IFD Chief James Greeson has been chosen as his successor.

Both men told 6News that they could not confirm the changes, but that a "major announcement" was expected Monday.

Johnson was named to the fire marshal's position in December 2004, shortly before Daniels took office.

He had previously spent more than 40 years as a firefighter, instructor and fire chief in several Indiana communities, and served 18 years as a firefighter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indianapolis 500.

Greeson was named chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department by then-Mayor Bart Peterson.

His future with IFD was in doubt after Republican Greg Ballard defeated Peterson in the 2007 mayoral election.

Ballard said last month he planned a nationwide search to find the person he believed should lead the citys fire department.

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