Donnie Starkey has been named the new fire chief of Natalbany Fire.

The fire board approved Starkey’s recommendation for the position during Monday’s Tangipahoa Parish Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 meeting.

Natalbany Fire’s former chief, Donald Scafidel, died in early October.

Administrator Dennis Crocker also announced that David Byers is serving as interim fire chief of 8th Ward Fire Department.

The department’s former fire chief, Ira Brown, retired earlier this month.

In Tangipahoa Parish Fire District No. 1, James D. Stevens of Amite is the new fire chief.

Stevens, a district chief, was moved up to the position permanently having served as interim chief following the death of former chief, Bruce Cutrer.

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