Duggan said Wardle is a highly regarded fire chief in Utah.
"He's very knowledgeable from a technical perspective, he has very strong experience, but the thing that really set him apart is he's a very effective leader at the department-head level," said Duggan. "We're very pleased to be able to attract someone of his quality. I think he'll be an excellent fire chief."
Wardle has a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's in consumer studies and economics, both from the University of Utah. He earned an associate's degree in fire science from Utah Valley State College.
Wardle served as fire chief in West Jordan City from 2004 to 2007, and again from 2008 until the present. During his year away he was an administrator and faculty member at the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy at Utah Valley University. He is a past president of the Utah Fire Chiefs Association, Duggan said.
Wardle's salary will be $190,000 a year to head the department, which has five fire stations and approximately 85 employees, Duggan said.
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