MAYOR NUTTER yesterday announced that Derrick Sawyer will replace retiring Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
Sawyer, a 29-year Fire Department veteran and Northeast Philly resident, is deputy commissioner of operations. He has degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia and Holy Family University, and is pursuing a graduate degree in homeland security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
After 22 years in the Air Force Reserve, Sawyer retired in 2000 as a master sergeant.
The mayor yesterday also unveiled a series of historic appointments in the second tier of the department brass, including Diane Schweizer as the first female deputy commissioner and two new executive directors: Peter Crespo and Yolanda Stallings, who will be the first Latino and female African-American to hold those positions, respectively.