ALBANY, N.Y. – Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced the appointment of Executive Deputy Chief and 42-year veteran Warren W. Abriel, Jr. as Chief of the Albany Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
All mayoral appointees must be approved by the Albany Common Council, and Abriel's appointment is pending that approval.
A lifelong Albany resident, Abriel has served on the Albany Fire Department since 1972. Working his way up through the ranks, he was appointed to the post of Executive Deputy Chief, the AFD's second highest post, in 2008. He has served in upper-management positions for over 26 years with the Department. Abriel holds a Master's of Science in Public Administration from Russell Sage College, a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business, Management & Economics with a concentration in Fire Service Administration from Empire State College, an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and a Certificate of Fire Science from Schenectady County Community College.
He is a certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer Level II, and New York State Instructor, teaching various courses for Empire State College since 1987. Abriel is also responsible for designing, implementing and modernizing data, scheduling and personnel systems for the AFD.
Mayor Sheehan commended Abriel's outstanding experience in Fire & Emergency Services in her nomination.
"I'm honored to promote Warren Abriel to Fire Chief. Warren has dedicated over 40 years to protecting our City's residents, a record of service that is truly inspiring. His commitment to the Department and his extensive background in public administration and management makes him the best person to lead the AFD into the future." said Sheehan.
"I am deeply honored that Mayor Sheehan has expressed her trust and confidence in promoting me to the position of Chief of the Albany Fire Department," said Abriel. "I look forward to serving the Mayor and the citizens of the City of Albany with dedication and professionalism as Chief. The Albany Fire Department is comprised of the finest men and women whom I consider it a privilege to work with each day."
Abriel will be sworn in as Chief at Albany City Hall this Friday, February 7, at 11 a.m.