Gov. Holcomb Selects New Indiana State Fire Marshal

A replacement was needed after Jim Greeson retired last month.

Stephen Cox has been named the new Indiana State Fire Marshal. Photo provided. 

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has named a new state fire marshal.

On Tuesday, Holcomb selected South Bend Fire Chief Stephen Cox to serve as the Indiana state fire marshal.

Cox replaces former Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, who retired last month after 11 years of service.

As fire marshal, Cox will lead the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety in investigation suspicious fires. Cox will also lead the charge in promoting fire prevention and enforcing fire and building safety codes in all public buildings, among other duties.

“Chief Cox brings great experience, leadership and vision to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I know that as the state’s fire marshal he will enhance public safety in the state of Indiana and continue to build partnerships with first responders and all Hoosiers.”

Cox has served with the South Bend Fire Department for 26 years, including 12 years in executive leadership. He is also a former U.S. Army combat medic.

His first day on the job is October 21.

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