HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Commission has announced that it has selected former assistant chief Manuel "Manny" Neves to be the city's 34th Fire Chief.
Neves replaces Kenneth Silva, who retired at the end of 2012 after serving as chief for six years.
Neves is currently the fire chief for the Barking Sands Fire Department at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.
"It was really a journey of discovery for me, not only professionally as a fire chief but also as a person," said Neves. "So I'm now ready to take on the helm of fire chief, and I want to hit the ground running and I feel I have the skills to do so."
Neves first joined the Honolulu Fire Department in 1979 and rose to assistant chief in 2006. He left HFD for the job at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in 2011.
The fire commission said there were nine candidates who applied for the position. Commission chair Quentin Kawananakoa said the panel unanimously picked Neves after interviewing all the applicants.
Neves is still Fire Chief at Barking Sands. He will leave that position and officially become Honolulu's fire chief February 16.