News Flash


Posted on: August 12, 2021

Deputy Chief Ogden promoted to fire chief

Tim Ogden_better_200pxBEAUFORT, S.C. (Aug. 12, 2021) –  Tim Ogden has been selected as the new chief the City of Beaufort-Town of Port  Fire Department. He will take command on Aug. 13.

Ogden is currently the deputy chief of operations. He joined the department in 2016 as fire marshal. Previously, he was deputy state fire marshal for Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton counties.

Ogden replaces Reece Bertholf, who is now the deputy city manager for the City of Beaufort.

“Tim has demonstrated strong management and leadership skills in his role as deputy chief,” said City Manager Bill Prokop. “We are confident that the department will continue to thrive under his command.”

The Fire Department has a staff of 64, including 53 full-time and 9 part-time firefighters. It has an annual budget of $5.4 million. 

Ogden, who grew up in the Town of Yemassee, began his career as a volunteer firefighter there.  In 1995, he was hired as the first professional firefighter for Yemassee. “I knew that when I first joined as a volunteer, I had a passion to serve as a firefighter,” he said. “I knew I wanted to be a chief one day.”

Ogden earned a bachelor’s in fire science and a master’s in public administration for emergency service management, both degrees from Columbia Southern University. He holds numerous certifications in fire protection.

“My wife, Audra, and I and our family are grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Beaufort and Port Royal,” Ogden said. “I want to ensure that the Fire Department continues to exceed expectations in professional excellence. Our commitment to the highest standards of service to our residents and businesses underscores everything we do, and that will continue.”


Find us:


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

City offices to close on Veterans Day

Posted on: November 1, 2022

Pigeon Point boat ramp closed

Posted on: October 1, 2022

Landing Pad ribbon-cutting set for Oct. 5

Posted on: September 27, 2022

Beaufort Shrimp Festival set for Oct. 7-8

Posted on: September 15, 2022

City offices to close for Labor Day

Posted on: August 30, 2022

City offices closed on July 4

Posted on: June 29, 2022

Council appoints new board members

Posted on: June 27, 2022

Public meetings week of June 13

Posted on: June 10, 2022

A Taste of Beaufort set for May 6-7

Posted on: April 25, 2022

City offices to close on Presidents Day

Posted on: February 17, 2022

City offices to close for MLK holiday

Posted on: January 12, 2022
Alan Eisenman_Dec21

City selects new finance director

Posted on: December 29, 2021

Beaufort holiday schedule

Posted on: December 21, 2021

Murray elected to SC mayoral association

Posted on: December 16, 2021

3 organizations awarded $22,000

Posted on: December 15, 2021

Holiday festivities kick off next week!

Posted on: November 24, 2021

Holiday schedule for City of Beaufort

Posted on: November 23, 2021

Holiday festivities heading this way!

Posted on: November 4, 2021
Marines in Veterans Day parade

What’s on tap for Veterans Day

Posted on: November 3, 2021

Public meetings week of Oct. 11

Posted on: October 11, 2021

City extends Comp Plan schedule

Posted on: September 14, 2021

City offices to be closed for Labor Day

Posted on: September 1, 2021

City Council passes $23.7M budget

Posted on: June 23, 2021
501 Carteret Street_Hotel_

City launches Downtown Projects page

Posted on: April 5, 2021

City of Beaufort wins budget award

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Mossy Oaks update through March 15

Posted on: March 5, 2021

City launches tree-planting initiative

Posted on: February 23, 2021

Section of Spanish Moss Trail reopens

Posted on: February 10, 2021

Mask ordinance extended through April 9

Posted on: February 10, 2021
Tree pruning utility

FAQ from Dominion on tree-trimming process

Posted on: December 21, 2020

Beaufort Preservation Manual to be updated

Posted on: December 17, 2020

Whitehall subdivision plan moves forward

Posted on: December 17, 2020
Stephen with family Melissa, Genevieve, left, and Josephine

Murray takes the reins in Beaufort

Posted on: December 16, 2020
Mayor Bill headshot

Mayor Billy embarks on next chapter

Posted on: November 30, 2020

How to make your holiday safer!

Posted on: November 12, 2020
PD logo

Police chief search narrows to top 3

Posted on: October 28, 2020

Beaufort narrows search for police chief

Posted on: October 22, 2020
wfp marina

$166K in ATAX grants go to tourism groups

Posted on: September 24, 2020

Council approves 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

Posted on: September 23, 2020

A video tribute to Sept. 11

Posted on: September 11, 2020