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NBFR Chief to retire, new leader chosen

The Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue District (NBFRD) Board of Directors announced on Tuesday, July 9 that long-time NBFRD Fire Chief Perry Sherbaugh will retire. Division Chief Chris Beswick has been officially chosen as his replacement.

Chief Sherbaugh has served as fire chief since the District’s first year of operation in 2009. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Manzanita in 1987 and hired full time in 1994 as a police officer and fire chief for the city. In 1998, he was promoted to public safety chief for both fire and police.

During his tenure as NBFRD Fire Chief, Sherbaugh was instrumental in modernizing the District’s fleet, building two new fire stations, and professionalizing service delivery through enhanced fire and medical training for both volunteers and for full-time employees.

“We are going to miss the chief. He is a well-known and trusted figure in the community,” said District Board President Chuck Bridge in a press release. “We thank him for his leadership, his professionalism, and for his dedication and service to our community.”

Current Division Chief Chris Beswick has been selected as Sherbaugh’s successor. Beswick has been an employee of the District for seven months. Prior to that, he worked he worked his way through the ranks in Arizona as a full-time firefighter and paramedic for over twenty years. Beswick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State and is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy, where he has also served as an instructor.

“I’m excited to take on the challenges of leading a fire department, but it is humbling to take the reins of an organization that has come so far and provide such excellent service over the years,” said Beswick. “I plan to continue that excellent tradition, and to dedicate myself into leading us into the future.”

The change of leadership will be effective September 1.