PASCAGOULA -- Donald "Donnie" Carlson was appointed the city's new fire chief Tuesday.
He replaces Robert O'Sullivan, who retired in February, City Manager Joe Huffman said in a press release.
Carlson has been with the city for 22 years and rose through the ranks as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief.
"Donnie has served the city of Pascagoula well, and has demonstrated that he has the character and leadership required to serve as Fire Chief," Huffman said. "We are honored to welcome him to the executive management team."
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Carlson said he is most looking forward to bringing together the generations of fire department staff.
"We have people here of all ages, and they bring different ideas to the table," he said. "Integrating different perspectives on public safety will improve our services and make us all better firefighters in the end."
Carlson is a native of Illinois and a former U.S. Navy sailor. He was stationed in Pascagoula for two years and decided to stay and make a home there after he met his wife, Pam. They have been married for 25 years and have two children, Corey, 24, and Chad, 22.