Many things have changed in Germantown over the past thirty years. However, one thing has remained constant and that was Gary Pollpeter serving as the Fire Chief. Pollpeter retired in December 2013 after more than 40 years of service to Germantown. In the meantime Deputy Chief Mike Maury has served as interim chief. After several months of reviewing more than 40 applicants for the position, Village of Germantown officials picked Chief Gary Weiss from Florida. He was sworn in to the position on Wednesday May seventh, and starts as the new Fire Chief effective this Thursday. Weiss is returning to the role of fire chief after almost eight years in a private sector role as an emergency services manager for American Compliance Technologies in Florida. However, it’s not the first time Weiss has taken a leadership role in a department, after serving as the deputy fire chief of the South Walton Fire District as well as the Fire Chief of Mulberry, also in Florida. He graduated from the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program , became a Florida Certified Emergency Manager, as well as obtaining the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. In a prepared statement, when asked why he would want to leave bright, sunny, warm Florida for the seasonal changes of Wisconsin, he said it was just time. Weiss went on to say that he lived there since he was 15 and that "It's flat and boring. Weiss is in the process of purchasing a home in Germantown, which he feels is a very important part of serving the community.