Bellbrook names Neidhard new fire chief

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Bellbrook named a new fire chief Tuesday.

James Neidhard will now oversee a $1.2-million operating budget and manage a team of 37 paid and volunteer employees.

Chief Neidhard replaces Scott Hall who retires at the end of January.

Neidhard takes over as chief February 3.

“The City of Bellbrook is privileged to have Jim Neidhard as our next fire chief,” said City Manager  Mark Schlagheck. “Jim’s experience and education will help allow the Bellbrook Fire Department to continue to provide excellent service to our residents.”

Neidhard is a native of the Dayton area, having most recently spent seven years as the Deputy Fire Chief in Washington Township. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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