Jim Mullican Jr. has been selected as Kodiak’s fire chief and began his official duties Tuesday, city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said.

Mullican, 51, will lead a department with 13 firefighters, including a deputy chief and three captains.

“I am very excited to be part of the management team of the city and look forward to working with a great group of professionals that the department has,” Mullican told the Daily Mirror.

Mullican is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving for 21 years as a gunner’s mate in four cutters, including two based in New England, one in North Carolina and another in Seward.

While with the Coast Guard, Mullican also worked on marine safety, port security, pollution response and hazard mitigation for the Port of Boston in Massachusetts.

He and his wife, Judy, became Kodiak residents in 1987 when he was transferred to work with the security force guarding the Coast Guard’s weapons and munitions.

A news release from Kniaziowski’s office said Mullican began his service with the Kodiak Fire Department as a volunteer in 1999 and worked his way up the ranks to deputy fire chief in 2011.

Mullican retired from the Coast Guard in 2002 as a chief petty officer. During the same year, he said, he became a full-time employee at the Kodiak Fire Department after earning EMT and firefighter qualifications.

Mullican became acting fire chief in December last year, replacing longtime fire chief Rome Kamai.

Mullican said he also worked with the Coast Guard’s North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center and served as its first instructor, training boarding officers about the intricacies of working in the Bering Sea, including how to enforce rules and regulations.

“Mullican is a highly trained leader who has shown his commitment to the community of Kodiak for many years,” Kniaziowski said. “He is a valuable and committed employee, and the city manager looks forward to the energy and commitment he will bring to the management team.”

Mullican said he and his wife have been married 31 years. Their three daughters, Laura, Robin and Valerie, are products of Kodiak schools and grew up to pursue careers in nursing and public affairs. Mullican and his wife now have two grandchildren living in Palmer and Portland, Oregon.

Roni Toldanes is managing editor of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact him at (907) 486-3227, ext. 622.

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