Harp had previously been a member of the Miamisburg Fire Department, where he last held the rank of captain, according to the district.
Harp’s current salary of $105,966 a year will increase to $113,500 in his new capacity, officials said.
He was named Firefighter of the Year in 2004 by the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association, the district said. Harp is a graduate of the University of Dayton and was a member of the Flyers’ 1980 NCAA Division III national championship football team.
“I look forward to guiding the fire district in the interim and assisting with a smooth transition when a permanent chief is selected,” Harp said in a statement.
The search will be done with the help of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, according to the district. No timeline for that search has been established.
The district has five stations, with two in the city and three in the township, including its headquarters on Lyons Road.
It operates with 64 full- and part-time firefighters, the district told the Dayton Daily News earlier this year.
Initially a five-year agreement was approved to establish the MVFD. A deal making the district permanent was approved by the city and the township in 2017.