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Josesph Tenney

Joseph Tenney

Fire Chief

Hometown:  Redding, California

The City of Davis has named Joe Tenney as its new Fire Chief in July 2019. Tenney comes to the position with over 30 years’ experience as a firefighter and almost 20 years as a Davis firefighter.

A member of the Davis Fire Department since 1999, Chief Tenney advanced through the ranks of Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Captain and Division Chief. In 2004, he served for several years as a member on the board of the Davis Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 3494.  In 2003 and 2004, Tenney was selected as Firefighter of the Year.


 Reilly 2019

Dennis Reilly

Fire Assistant Chief 

Hometown:  Patchogue, New York

The City of Davis hired new Fire Assistant Chief Dennis P. Reilly on October 22, 1018.  Chief Reilly is a distinguished forty-four-year fire service veteran, serving for the last 6 ½ years as the Chief of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District in central Missouri. The Chief is also a retired Battalion Chief from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In Cherry Hill, Reilly served as an operational Shift Commander, responsible for the development of the Cherry Hill Recruit Fire Academy and he was a founding member of the Department’s Technical Rescue Team. 
Along with his service in Cherry Hill, Reilly was one of the original members of the New Jersey State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. Among his multiple deployments, Chief Reilly operated as a rescue squad officer at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Reilly holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Durham Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University. The Chief has received his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as a Peer Reviewer for the CFO Designation.  He is also a Certified Public Manager completing the certification program at Arizona State University in 2015.
In addition to his fire service career, Chief Reilly is a U.S. Army veteran, spending over six years on active duty as a combat medic with the 83rd Airborne Division and with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment. After retiring from Cherry Hill, Reilly worked as private contractor providing high threat protective services to multiple government agencies. 


Patrick Sandholdt

Fire Marshal

Hometown: Redding, California 




Battalion Chief - Shift A


Roland Pussich

Battalion Chief - Shift B

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California 


Paul Swanson

Battalion Chief - Shift C

Hometown: Davis, California