FARMINGTON -- Guido Smith, a former assistant fire chief for the Clinton Fire Department, has accepted an offer to become the new chief for the Farmington Fire Department.
Smith formally accepted an offer Monday to replace Larry Gregory, who died in September after 15 years of service in the city post. He will begin work Jan. 17 and will be paid $75,275 a year, said Dave Millheim, city manager. Millheim said Smith was selected from a field of 80 applicants.
"We feel really fortunate to have him," Millheim said.
City officials solicited professional help in looking for a new chief. Fire chiefs Jim Rampton, of the South Metro Fire Department, a Farmington resident, and Brett Larkin, of Kaysville, were part of the review process.
Millheim said he did an extensive background check on Smith before extending the offer.
The fire department has two full-time employees and 33 part-time employees.
In replacing Gregory, Smith becomes the 14th fire chief to head the FFD in its 103-year history.