New fire chief hired in Battle Creek
David Schmaltz's experience includes serving in Coldwater Fire Department
A 20-year firefighter who spent the last three years as chief in Defiance, Ohio, has been named Battle Creek's new fire chief. David Schmaltz replaces Larry Hausman, who retired in April after 15 years as chief. Schmaltz graduated from Clawson High School and earned bachelors and masters degrees in firefighting-related programs from the University of Cincinnati and Grand Canyon University, respectively.