A longtime Camden firefighter has been named acting chief of the Fire Department, city officials announced this week.

David Yates, named by Mayor Dana L. Redd, has been a member of the department since 1985. He replaces acting Chief Thomas J. Quinn, a 23-year-veteran, whose retirement took effect Monday.

Yates had served as captain, battalion chief, and, since 2004, deputy chief, officials said. He has to pass the civil-service test to formally become chief, said Redd's spokesman, Robert Corrales. - Darran Simon