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Interim Waukesha Fire Chief Steven Howard is an old and familiar name around the local firehouses.

And now Howard has a new, official job title.

The city's police and fire commission on Sept. 26 appointed Howard as the new chief during its regular meeting. Howard has served the department in a variety of roles, often supervisory or administrative, for 27 years.

“We are proud to have Steven Howard as the new fire chief,” said Mayor Shawn Reilly. “I know that he will continue the exemplary, high quality service that we have all come to expect from the fire department.”

Howard is the 20th fire chief in the Waukesha Fire Department's history, and succeeds Jesse Alba in the role. Howard was finalist for the chief position before it was awarded to Alba in 2013.

As chief, Howard now oversees the department's more than 100 staff members and will manage the operations out of the city's five fire stations.

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