Winchester Interim City Manager Mary T. Price has appointed Mr. Hadden Culp of Woodstock, VA as Winchester’s Interim Fire and Rescue Chief. Mr. Culp will temporarily replace Chief William Garrett on June 1, 2020 while the City completes the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief. Mr. Culp retired from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department in 2011 after 34 years of service.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the fire service and giving back to a community,” stated Mr. Culp. “I plan to do everything I can to contribute to the fire and rescue service delivery in the City of Winchester and I’m excited to join this great organization.”
Mr. Culp joins the City with extensive experience in operations, emergency management, training, and human resources with the combination (volunteer and career) fire and rescue system in Prince William County, VA. During his tenure with Prince William County, Mr. Culp served as a front-line firefighter, Hazardous Materials Officer, Public Information Officer, Training Officer, Personnel Officer, and Fire Marshal.
Mr. Culp has an associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. He has also completed the Executive Fire Officer program offered by U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Culp to the City of Winchester,” stated Ms. Price. “His wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the fire and rescue service will be very beneficial during this transition.”