Portsmouth veteran to take over as KDH fire chief
Tilley replaces Doug Penland, who retired June 30.
Tilley has served in a variety of roles for the Portsmouth Fire Department, including 14 years of senior leadership experience. He started as a firefighter and rose through the ranks over a 26-year career, holding three deputy chief positions.
Tilley is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and minor in leadership studies. He is also a graduate of Tidewater Community College with an associate’s degree in fire science and holds several professional certifications.
“We are excited to welcome Chief Tilley to the Kill Devil Hills team,” Town Manager Debbie Diaz said in announcing the hiring. “He has expressed incredible enthusiasm and experience for the position, and we are confident he will lead the department well as it serves our community.”
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