Kelvin J. Cochran, chief of the Shreveport, LA, fire department, has been named the new chief of Atlanta’s fire department and is expected to begin his new post in January. His proposed Atlanta annual salary is $160,000.

Since 1982, Cochran has been a firefighter in the Shreveport department, working his way up to fire chief in 1999. During his 26-year career in Shreveport, he served as a training officer and assistant chief training officer immediately before being named chief. Cochran currently serves as the first vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is slated to move into the president’s position in 2008.

The newly appointed Atlanta chief has a bachelor of science in organizational management from Wiley College in Texas and a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from Louisiana Tech University.

In Shreveport, Cochran directed the operations of a 600-member Class One fire department covering 112 square miles which provides emergency medical services and advanced life support transport. In addition to serving as fire chief, he also served as Homeland Security Coordinator and was responsible for emergency preparedness efforts within the City of Shreveport.

Interim Atlanta Fire Chief Harold Miller has been serving in the position since April 2007.