CFO-ELECT SINK TAPS VETERAN FIREFIGHTER TO
LEAD STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE
Alex Sink, elected to serve as Florida’s chief financial officer beginning
January 2, 2007, announced today that she has appointed Leslie “Les” Hallman
to serve as the new director of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Hallman, a
25-year veteran in fire and rescue services, law enforcement and emergency
management, will assume his new duties next month.
“Les Hallman will be an outstanding addition to our team,” said Sink, who as
CFO will also hold the title of state fire marshal. “He has the knowledge
and experience and shares my commitment to protecting Floridians, promoting
fire safety and aggressively investigating arson.”
As director of the Division of State Fire Marshal, Hallman will oversee four
bureaus: the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, a sworn law
enforcement agency; the Bureau of Fire Prevention, the Bureau of Fire
Standards and Training, and the Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosives
Analysis (the Arson Laboratory).
For the last 12 years, Hallman has served as fire chief for the South Walton
Fire District, overseeing five fire stations with 120 personnel and a $16
million budget. During his tenure, he incorporated a fire-based EMS in
Walton County and helped obtain the first medical/rescue helicopter for the
In 2001, he was awarded the State Award for Administrative Excellence in EMS
from the Florida Association of EMS. He is on the board of directors of the
Florida Fire Chiefs Association and serves as vice chairman of the Florida
Firefighters Employment Standards and Training Council.
From 1995 to 1996, he was fire chief of the Tavares Fire/Rescue Department,
and from 1993 to 1995 he was a member of the management staff at the City of
Orlando Fire Department, assisting in the development of the nation’s first
Citizens Fire Academy, a hands-on community outreach program. He formerly
served as a relief engineer/firefighter EMT with Orange County Fire Rescue
Division, relief officer/Firefighter EMT with the South Okaloosa Fire Rescue
Districts and as fire chief of the Thomas Drive Volunteer Fire Department in
Panama City Beach.
Hallman will be replacing Rand Napoli, who is retiring after more than 30
years in fire services.
“Florida has one of the most advanced response systems in the country, and I
am pleased that CFO-elect Sink has chosen someone with a strong record of
involvement in and commitment to fire and emergency services in our
communities,” Gallagher said.