The City of Pendleton is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Critchley as its Fire Chief effective January 1, 2020. The Chief has been working for the City in an interim capacity since August 2019. “We’ve been very happy with the experience and professionalism showed by the Chief over the last few months, so we’re very glad that he’s agreed to join our team on a long-term basis,” said City Manager Robb Corbett.
Fire Chief Critchley’s distinguished career includes such honors as being selected as Chief Fire Officer of the Year in 2008 by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. In September 2017, Jim was inducted into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame. In July 2018, Jim received Arizona’s Bob Weber Lifetime achievement award.
Since 1992, Mr. Critchley has been an active representative of the State Fire Training Association and the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. He served on the Western Fire Chiefs Association board as State Director, Vice President and President from 2003 through 2012. He
also served on the International Association of Fire Chiefs board until 2014.
Fire Chief Critchley began his Emergency Service career in 1982 with an EMT class. He worked in a few private agencies as an instructor, firefighter, EMT, and security guard. He joined the Tucson Fire Department in 1988 and was promoted through the ranks first as a Paramedic, Captain, Training Captain, Operations Battalion Chief, Training Chief, Operations Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief of Training and Emergency Management and then, in 2011, became the Fire Chief. He received an MBA from the University of Arizona, a Bachelor's degree in Fire Service Management from Arizona State University, and an AAS in Fire Science from Pima Community College.
Jim has been married since 1988 to Karen who is working as a nurse in community health. They have three adult children Kristi, Donovan, and Liam.