A five-month search for the new chief of the has ended.
Firefighter II Joseph Murray has been appointed to the position, the firefighters union announced on its Facebook page Monday evening.
"Congratulations to FFII Joe Murray on his appointment to Chief of the Dearborn Fire Department," the post read. "We look forward to working with you in your new capacity."
Murray, who has been with Dearborn's Fire Department for seven years, has a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science & Occupational Safety and Health (Madonna University) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (Madonna University); a Master's Degree in Business Administration (Madonna University); and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, which he completed in August 2011.
Murray’s doctoral research involved extensive study on perceptions of specific barriers that impede recruitment of Arab Americans into the fire service.
He has taught Fire Science and Emergency Management classes for Madonna University for the past five years.
Murray will replace Richard Miller, who was in February by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Correction: This article originally stated that the announcement was made on the Dearborn Fire Department's Facebook page. That is incorrect. The page belongs to the Dearborn firefighters union.