Plano names Chris Biggerstaff as next fire chief

Chris Biggerstaff was named the next chief of Plano Fire-Rescue on Dec. 9. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Chris Biggerstaff was named the next chief of Plano Fire-Rescue on Dec. 9. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Plano announced the promotion of Chris Biggerstaff, assistant chief of emergency services, to the position of fire chief on Dec. 9.

Biggerstaff will take the helm of Plano Fire-Rescue from Chief Sam Greif, who was named deputy city manager in November. Plano City Council is expected to ratify Biggerstaff's appointment at its Dec. 13 meeting, and the new chief will assume his duties Dec. 20, according to a city news release.

“Plano Fire-Rescue will continue to define excellence in the fire service,” City Manager Mark Israelson said in a statement. “The chief sets the tone and vision for the department and we are excited that the best candidate to be the next fire chief in Plano was developed through the PFR ranks. Chris Biggerstaff is uniquely qualified to take the role as chief, and we have great expectations that he will keep PFR as the model fire department into the future.”

Biggerstaff has held every rank up to his current position during his tenure with Plano Fire-Rescue, which began in 1992. He was awarded the department's Rookie of the Year award in 1993 and Officer of the Year award in 2013. Prior to joining Plano Fire-Rescue, Biggerstaff served with the Garland Fire Department.

Greif joined Plano Fire-Rescue as chief in 2015 and will oversee public safety, which includes fire-rescue, police, public safety communications, emergency management and animal services as deputy city manager. He is taking the place of Deputy City Manager Greg Rushin, who plans to retire in January.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.