READING, Pa. -

It will be a homecoming for David Hollinger when he takes the reigns of the Reading Fire Department.

The Reading native left the city decades ago to pursue his firefighting career, first in Alexandria, Va., then in Washington, D.C.

He retired last year as a fire lieutenant in D.C. and took a job in fire protection with the Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Casino and Hotel in Delaware.

Now, Hollinger is coming back to Reading. City Council gave unanimous approval Monday night for his hiring as the city's next fire chief.

"The neighborhoods of Reading have changed since I moved away, and I know that the Department of Fire and Rescue Services needs to stay dynamic enough to keep pace," Hollinger said in his introductory letter to Mayor Vaughn Spencer. "The focus must be community risk reduction through collaboration, outreach, diligence, and accountability to reach success."

Hollinger replaces Jeffrey Squibb, who has been serving as interim chief of the department since the retirement of Kevin Kulp in January.