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Former St. Paul power couple Tim and Martha Fuller leave Washington state and head to Florida

A short item in a Pioneer Press blog notes that former St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Fuller has retired from his latest chief job in Redmond, Wash., and is retiring to Florida.

Pioneer reporter Mara Gottlieb has a link to the Redmond newspaper story about Fuller, and deep in that story we learn that Fuller’s wife, Martha Fuller, has become the new CFO for the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team. So Tim is headed from Washington to Florida, where Martha has already been working for a couple of months.

The Fullers had been a major St. Paul power couple in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was fire chief for 12 years under Mayors Norm Coleman and Randy Kelly. She was finance director in the Coleman administration and then left to be CFO of the Minnesota Wild. She returned to the city to be Kelly’s director of Planning and Economic Development.

In 2004, after Tim Fuller had retired as chief, Martha Fuller took a job as CFO of the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in Washington, following her former Wild boss, Tod Leiweke, to the Pacific Northwest.

Soon after the Fullers moved there, Tim was hired as fire chief in Redmond, Wash., where he stayed for eight years until Monday’s retirement. City leaders praised his work there, particularly the way he empowered employees to improve the department.

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