CORALVILLE — After serving as Coralville Fire Chief since 2002, David Stannard is ready to call it a career.
According to a Coralville media release, Stannard is set to retire on April 20, “concluding a career of 43 years as a firefighter, with 16 of those as Coralville Fire Chief.”
The search process for a new chief is already underway, according to the release, and City Administrator Kelly Hayworth has appointed Fire Prevention Officer Orey Schwitzer as Interim Chief. Schwitzer’s shift to this new position will take effect upon Chief Stannard’s retirement.
The City of Coralville is set to host a reception in Chief Stannard’s honor at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street, on Tuesday, May 8, from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The public is invited and welcome to attend the reception.
In a brief history of Stannard’s service: Stannard began his career with the Brighton, Iowa Fire Department in 1975 and came to Coralville as a volunteer firefighter in 1986. He then served as a training officer, captain, and assistant chief before being hired as chief in 2002.
In addition to his duties as chief, he has served on the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves as president of that organization, according to the release.
In addition to improving the department’s Insurance Services Office public protection classification, placing the Coralville Fire Department among the top three percent of fire departments nationally in this category, Stannard oversaw the construction and staffing of several new and remodeled fire department buildings and programs, according to the release. This includes the construction of a second fire station at 2525 Holiday Court in 2000, the remodeling of Station #1 at 1501 5th Street, the development of a fire rescue training facility, and the creation of a residential program featuring dorm rooms for firefighters at each station.