Robert "R. B." Alley, District Fire Chief in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been selected to head the College Station Fire Department.
Alley's appointment, effective May 1, was announced today by College Station City Manager Tom Brymer. He will replace David Giordano, who is retiring this month after almost 28 years with the College Station Fire Department.
"This is always a challenging decision and long process, but we had good candidates to choose from and it became clear after our site visit to Virginia that R. B. was the best choice to lead the College Station Fire Department in the future," said Brymer.
Brymer commended Giordano for his professionalism and perspectives throughout the selection process, adding that he was invaluable in assisting Brymer to insure a smooth transition. Alley will work with Chief Giordano the week of April 25 prior to taking over the following week.
The selection followed a national search that provided an opportunity to identify top individuals throughout the state and country that best suited the community's needs.
Alley, 47, began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Virginia Beach in 1973, then moved up through the ranks to District Fire Chief, a position he has held since July 2001. The Virginia Beach Fire-Rescue Department is a combination fire department with 450 career members and 200 volunteers with an annual operating budget of $34 million. As District Fire Chief, he was responsible for day-to-day operations to insure a high quality of life and a safe community for citizens and visitors to the city. The department handled more than 30,000 calls for service annually.
A graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy, Alley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Leo University and a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University. He and his wife, Aleta, have two children, Alleen, 12, and RB IV, 8.