Fire chief announces retirement

Published 7:51 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

The chief of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue has announced his retirement effective April 1.

Chief Mark Outlaw is a 34-year veteran of the Suffolk Fire Department. He joined the city in 1977 as a firefighter and progressed through the ranks to lieutenant, captain and fire chief.


At his appointment as fire chief in January 1994, he was the youngest fire chief appointed in Virginia.

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“Finding a replacement for Chief Outlaw will be difficult,” City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn said in a press release Thursday. “Mark’s many years of dedicated service to the Suffolk community has left a public safety legacy of which he can be very proud.”

A search for his successor will begin immediately, according to the press release.