News out of Philadelphia.
Action News has learned Adam Thiel, deputy secretary of Virginia’s Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs department, will be named the new commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Thiel has served in his current position since 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Fire Chief for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, from 2007-2014.
Two fire department sources briefed on Kenney’s search said he had been close to giving the top job to Raleigh Fire Chief John T. McGrath, who worked in Philadelphia fire department for more than 30 years. McGrath’s candidacy, however, apparently ended when the administration learned that he had taken a partial DROP payment when he retired, the sources said.
The sources also said the job had been offered to Fred Endrikat, currently with the federal Emergency Management Agency and a former chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Special Operations Command. But Endikat turned the job down, the sources said.