ORANGE BEACH, AL Joe Fierro is no stranger to this area. While he is based out of Washington D.C. he and his family have lived in Spanish Fort for the last several years. He is expected to make another move in the near future.
Fresh off of being named the new police chief for the city of Orange Beach, Fierro spent part of his day getting acclimated to his new digs.
“Look around,” says the new top cop, “who wouldn’t want this job. It’s an exceptional city, exceptional leaders and exceptional police department.”
Fierro beat out almost 30 applicants for the top law enforcement job in the city. A job he takes seriously. “Our main charge here, as it is for any law enforcement agency, is to insure the safety and security of the public. That’s as basic as I can put it but this is an exceptional department. The challenge here is how do we make an exceptional department the best in the region.”
Born in Delaware, his early professional years were spent in the Air Force stationed at Hurlbert Field. After a stint in the private sector he joined the FBI where he has been a special agent since 1996.
“The main thing as we settled in on Joe Fierro,” says city administrator Ken Grimes, “is the mayor and the council, they saw a leadership. A skill set that comes with a leadership ability and really a background that is unique for us.”
For now he still works for the federal government. He is expected to be on the job later this year. “The mission for this department is protecting paradise. It’s written on all the vehicles and that is what we do and that is what we will continue to do,” says the new chief.
Fierro fills the position left by Chief Billy Wilkins who retired after ten years with the city last month.