The Northwest Fire District's elected governing board approved a contract to name Michael J. Brandt as fire chief. The two-year contract is effective May 28.

Brandt has served as the district's interim fire chief since Oct. 6, following the retirement of Jeff Piechura.

Brandt has more than 35 years of fire/EMS service in the Tucson area. He previously served as Northwest Fire's assistant chief of operations and administered the Operations/Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations/Wildland, Training, and Communications divisions.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Arizona State University in fire administration, and of the Arizona State School of Public Affairs Advanced Public Executive Program, the district said in a news release.