Three women now lead West Palm Beach, or four, or five….


Diana Matty

Fire Chief Dan Hanes is out. Assistant Chief Diana Matty is in, on an interim basis.

Hanes, who replaced former Chief Carlos Cabrera in October 2015, stepped down Wednesday, a city spokesman said. No explanation was given for the departure.

For now, Mayor Jeri Muoio has replaced Hanes with Assistant Chief Diana Matty on an interim basis. Matty is a longtime high-level member of the Fire-Rescue Department, which has 214 employees and annual budget of nearly $36 million, the second-largest budget of any city department.

The appointment means that, probably for the first time in West Palm Beach history, the mayor and three top department heads are female.

Police, Fire and Parks & Rec have the city’s three largest budgets. The police department, led since February by Chief Sarah Mooney, has the largest, $57 million. Parks & Rec, led by Leah Rockwell, has the third-largest, $17 million.

West Palm has several other women in high-visibility leadership posts, including City Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg, City Clerk Hazeline Carson and Deputy City Administrator Dorritt Miller, not to mention three out of five city commissioners — Shanon Materio, Sylvia Moffett and Paula Ryan.

Fire Chief Dan Hanes

Capt. Diana Matty, of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, teaching firefighters from Palm Beach County and South Florida vehicle extrication at the South Florida H.E.A.T. Conference 2012 conducted by the Fire Training Officers of the Palm Beaches at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Headquarters in West Palm Beach on Tuesday. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)


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