Port Angeles gets new fire chief

Sharp promoted from assistant chief position

Derrell Sharp

Derrell Sharp

PORT ANGELES — Derrell Sharp is the new Port Angeles fire chief.

He has been promoted by the city of Port Angeles from his post as assistant chief and immediately takes over as chief. He replaces Ken Dubuc, who retired earlier this year.

Chief Sharp is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, with extensive training and experience in department operations, emergency medical services (EMS), health and safety and training program management, according to a press release.

He joined the PAFD as assistant chief of Operations & EMS in July 2021. He oversaw the city’s Community Paramedic Program, the EMS and Fire Training Divisions of PAFD, and acted as department liaison to the Clallam County Medical Program director and Department of Health.

He also participated in the planning of departmental operations with respect to EMS, fire training and volunteer activities.

Prior to his appointment as assistant chief, Sharp served Clallam County Fire District 3 for several years, beginning as a volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician in 1991, and rising through the ranks to become captain/paramedic medical services and safety officer in 2015.

“I am truly excited to serve the City of Port Angeles in this new role and honored to lead such an incredible group of compassionate and dedicated professionals,” said Chief Sharp.

“I could not be happier to share the news of Chief Sharp’s well-earned promotion,said City Manager Nathan West.

“With over 30 years of experience, he has demonstrated a thorough practice of comprehensive knowledge and a strong skillset in everyday operations and emergency management. I have great confidence that Chief Sharp will continue to illustrate exceptional leadership in the Fire Department and throughout the city organization.”

Sharp is president of the Peninsula Junior Rodeo Association, an assistant coach for the Sequim High School Trap Team, and a short-term missions director for Fairview Bible Church.

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