St. John's Fire District hires new chief

Colleen Walz (Source:
Colleen Walz (Source:

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The St. John's Fire District Commission has selected Deputy Chief Colleen Walz of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire as their new fire chief.

According to Captain James Ghi, Walz brings over 25 years of experience to the area.  She holds a master's degree in leadership and disaster preparedness.

Walz current job is to lead the Fire Prevention Division in Pittsburgh.  She is expected to start in the Lowcountry on July 15. 

Emergency Services Consulting International worked with the district to choose Walz.

Walz replaces Karl Ristow, the longtime chief who resigned last November.  Ristow had been with the department for 14 years.

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