Pensacola City Council members will hold a special meeting next week to discuss Mayor Ashton Hayward’s fire chief nominee.
Hayward nominated David Allen to serve as the city’s fire chief on May 10, the same day he fired former chief Matt Schmitt and deputy chief Joseph Glover. Per the 2010 city charter, the mayor’s appointment of department heads is subject to the council’s approval.
A 25-year veteran, Allen has long sought the top job at Pensacola’s fire department. Records show that Allen has repeatedly lobbied Mayor Hayward and top aides over the past five years, to the point that Allen was reprimanded by Schmitt for insubordination in 2015.
Before taking over as interim chief, Allen most recently served as the city’s Fire Marshal, responsible for managing fire inspections, safety initiatives, and departmental training programs. City officials have refused to release Allen’s personnel file to The Pulse, but a résumé released Tuesday provided additional details.
Allen holds associates degrees in Nursing and Fire Science from Pensacola State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, an online university based in Orange Beach, Ala. Allen has also served as the department’s public information officer and its point person on emergency management, the BP oil spill, and other issues.
The meeting on Allen’s confirmation will take place on Monday, June 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the city council’s chambers, located on the first floor of Pensacola City Hall.