Q&A: New Columbia fire chief details plans for department

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 7:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — Charles P. Witt Jr. started fighting brush fires at the age of 14 with the Sullivan Fire Department in eastern Missouri. Thirty-four years later, he is the newly appointed chief of the Columbia Fire Department, replacing the retired Bill Markgraf.