SALISBURY, Maryland — The City of Salisbury is proud to announce the hiring of Salisbury Fire Chief John Tull as the new Deputy City Administrator. Tull has been with the Salisbury Fire Department for 30 years including 19 years as a senior manager in the department and the last five as chief. He will retire from the Fire Department effective Thursday, Nov. 30.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as the next Deputy City Administrator and it was an honor to have received the support of the City Administration and the City Council,” Tull said. “I am excited to start this new chapter, working with the tremendous men and women of this City, and look forward to the new opportunities that come with this appointment.”
Tull is a graduate of Wicomico High School, earned an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services from Wor-Wic Community College, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science (2010).
He began his career in 1994 as a firefighter and paramedic. In 2002, he became an Engine Lieutenant, while he also began working as an Emergency Services Instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. Over the next two years, he was Training Captain and Engine Captain before being promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in 2004. He was named Fire Chief in May of 2013.
As the Fire Chief, he provided strategic planning, organization, and direction of activities and personnel. He was responsible for developing long-and short-range plans, goals, and objectives for the department, and assessing progress and performance in achieving established goals. He prepared and administered the annual Fire Department budget, authorized expenditures according to department guidelines, and ensured compliance with established fiscal policies of the City. He communicated with City officials, community leaders, and outside agencies to resolve problems, coordinate activities, exchange information, respond to questions, and resolve complaints regarding department operations and services.
“It has truly been an honor to serve the City of Salisbury as the Fire Chief and I believe the unique opportunity to become the Deputy City Administrator will allow me to mold and develop this position into one that defines my character, dedication, professionalism and integrity,” Tull said. “This new chapter will afford me the opportunity to continue working with the great people of this City.”