BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A Battle Creek native is returning to his hometown as the new fire chief.
The city announced Wednesday it has hired Brian Sturdivant to take over the post.
Sturdivant has more than 25 years of experience working for fire departments in Milpitas, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; Fulton County, Georgia and most recently Petersburg, Virginia. He’s served as deputy fire chief and emergency management coordinator since November 2014.
Sturdivant holds degrees in business, public administration, and security studies and was trained as a fire chief officer in Virginia.
Sturdivant is tentatively expected to start Sept. 24. He will oversee more than 80 employees at six stations throughout the city.
Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker served as interim director of fire and police services when Dave Schmaltz resigned as fire chief in April.