CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The city of Charleston fire department has a new temporary leader until its new chief, Daniel Curia, can take office.
Assistant chief Joseph Roberts has been named interim chief effective April 7. The move comes as current interim chief John Tippett accepted an offer to become the Director of Fire Service Programs for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, according to city spokesman Jack O'Toole.\
He will lead the department until Curia takes over on July 30.
"First, I'd like to thank Chief Tippett once again for his many years of remarkable service to our city, and to congratulate him as he begins his work with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation," Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a statement. "Second, I'd like to thank Chief Roberts for agreeing to serve our city in this critical role. He possesses both the career experience and dedication to effectively lead the men and women of the Charleston Fire Department in the months ahead. I am extremely grateful for all he has done to serve the citizens of Charleston throughout his career, and look forward to working with him in this new capacity."
Roberts had previously served a battalion chief from 2006 to 2014 and as a shift commander battalion chief from 2014 to 2016.