New DFD Leadership Roster and Media Contact


New DFD Leadership Roster and Media Contact

Detroit Interim Executive Fire Commissioner Chuck Simms is happy to introduce his new leadership team, as well as a new Public Information Officer for the department. 

Chief of Community Relations James C. Harris has assumed the role of Public Information Officer and will act as a liaison between the department and the media. Media can reach him anytime at 313.573.4668.

The roster is as follows:

- Deputy Fire Commissioner Robert Distelrath

- 2nd Deputy Commissioner Reginald Jenkins

- 2nd Deputy Commissioner Derek Hillman

- 2nd Deputy Commissioner Robert Stokes

- Director of Fleet Management and Facilities David Fornell

These appointments are key as we continue to strive for excellence and make this a World Class Fire Department.

For additional city departmental media requests, please refer to the directory on the city’s website: