Orlando swears in new fire chief

Charlie Salazar sworn in as new chief of Orlando Fire Department

ORLANDO, Fla. – The city of Orlando swore in its latest fire chief Tuesday, formally filling the position left open by the abrupt and sordid departure of his predecessor.

Mayor Buddy Dyer officiated the swearing-in ceremony for Chief Charlie Salazar.

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Salazar comes to the city from Dallas, where he served for nearly 29 years. Salazar was most recently the executive deputy chief of Dallas Fire Rescue.

Dyer announced Salazar as the new chief in May.

“I’m confident that with his professional background, strong leadership and organizational skills, he’ll ensure that OFD continues to work diligently in protecting our community,” the mayor said in a tweet following the ceremony.

“Outstanding service delivery will be a high priority and it will be the guiding force behind everything that we do,” Salazar said in remarks delivered after his swearing in.

Salazar succeeds Benjamin Barksdale.

Barksdale resigned in October following his arrest in North Carolina on assault charges. Investigators there said Barksdale punched a woman in the face.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.