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New Palm Beach County Fire Rescue chief takes command in emotional ceremony

Michael Mackey (left) and Reginald Duren
Posted at 12:14 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 12:18:35-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — On Monday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue welcomed new Chief Reginald Duren in an emotional change-of-command ceremony.

Duren was sworn in and former department Chief Michael Mackey said his goodbyes after a 30-year career.

Duren came to Palm Beach County after working for Riviera Beach Fire Rescue. This makes him the fifth chief to serve Palm Beach County.

On Monday morning, after Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard administered the oath of office, Duren officially addressed the department saying he was ready to work.

“They can count on me and this organization to continue to provide optimal service. That it is our goal -- to continue to improve each and every day,” said Duren.

He said he is committed to improving the department.

“We understand we have some challenges and some areas we need to continue to work and get better, and I commit to you that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to work harder. We’re going to push ourselves to be the very best in the country,” said Duren.

During a farewell speech, Mackey said he is headed to Michigan for a new opportunity but thankful for his time serving Palm Beach County.

“This has really been a great career. I look back and I left nothing on the table, and I appreciate it,” said Mackey.

Monday was Duren’s first official day on the job.