PINELLAS PARK — It's official: Fire Chief Doug Lewis is Pinellas Park's next city manager, appointed Thursday by a unanimous vote of the City Council. Lewis, 57, will take office Jan. 22 upon the retirement of Mike Gustafson.
Lewis is a native of New York whose family moved to Pinellas Park in the mid 1950s. He attended what was then St. Petersburg Junior College for continuing education courses in fire science. He received a bachelor's degree in 2000 in public leadership and organizational studies from Eckerd College. He received certification as a public manager from Florida State University in 2004. Lewis worked for the St. Petersburg fire department from 1975 to 2002, retiring as the rescue division chief before becoming the Polk County fire chief. He served for eight years in the Coast Guard Reserve. Since becoming Pinellas Park's fire chief in 2004, Lewis has served as president of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association and in a myriad of other leadership positions. He lives in Kenneth City but must move into Pinellas Park to hold the city manager job. He is married and has two children.
As fire chief, Lewis earned about $115,276 a year. As city manager, he will earn $130,905. Guy Keirn will replace him as fire chief. Keirn has been acting as interim chief while Lewis was acting as an assistant city manager. Keirn was the district fire chief of training.