Timothy Key has been elected as interim fire chief, following the Eric Hick’s resignation earlier this week. Eric was sworn in to the position on January
11th of this year, and is leaving after only serving fourmonths in said position, to take over as King County Fire Chief District 20, where
he began his firefighting career.

“It has been an honor to serve Everett Fire and this incredible community for the past 18 years,” said Hicks. “I began my career in the fire service
with Skyway, and I am looking forward to returning to the department as its chief.”

“Tim has been a leader within the department for many years, and also represents Everett Fire on the City’s Safe Streets team, working to find better
solutions for people living on our streets,” shared Stephanson. “I appreciate his willingness to step up and help guide the department through
this transitional period.”

Key brings an impressive pedigree, as well as a long and varied shared history within the Everett Fire Department. Before joining the Everett FD in
1995, he was an electrician and volunteer fire fighter in Marysville. Since joining Everett, he has filled the roles of acting captain, division
chief and acting driver, and is currently seated as Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services. He’s also the president of Everett Medic One
Foundation, treasurer of SnoCo EMS Council, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services administration.

The interim role will end at the end of the year, after which, the new administration will partner with City staffers to fill the role on a more permanent
basis.