Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr announced this (Wednesday) afternoon that Greg Hoggatt will serve as the city's next fire chief.

Hoggatt has over 29 years of professional firefighting experience and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations/Emergency Manager in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Orr said because of the importance of the position, she conducted a nationwide search for Chief Jim Martin’s replacement.

"We had several outstanding candidates apply for this position and I believe Chief Hoggatt will be the best fit," said Orr. "I believe his leadership and experience is just what we need to strengthen and grow the Cheyenne Fire and Rescue Department."

"We need someone who has been in the trenches, understands the culture and can keep an already-outstanding team together," Orr added. "Greg is a firefighters'-firefighter."

Hoggatt will begin his new role on September 1. He succeeds Interim Chief Tom Schingle, who has led the department since March 1.