Arlington firefighters don’t often leave the city to work for another department. When they do, it’s often to become the chief.Such is the case with Assistant Chief Brian J. Riley, who has been selected to lead the Colleyville Fire Department. He will begin his new duties on Sept. 1.Riley, who joined the Arlington Fire Department in 1981, was selected from a pool 60 candidates, Colleyville said in a news release. His leadership experiences includes preparing and managing the department’s annual budget and overseeing at various times fire suppression, medical operations, fire training, emergency management, administrative services, dispatch service, fire prevention and explosives disposal. “Leadership, professionalism, work ethic, flexibility, adaptability, depth of experience and commitment to the community. These are just some of the criteria we required in our choice for fire chief,” Colleyville City Manager Jennifer Fadden said in a statement. “Brian Riley has demonstrated all of these, along with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in virtually every aspect of the fire service.”Riley will be paid $122,430. He replaces interim Fire Chief Clif Nelson, who has filled the position since Feb. 1 and will leave the department.“I plan to build on what has already been accomplished by the Colleyville Fire Department and will strive to enhance it,” Riley said in a statement.Changes to Arlington Y sports programsAfter he took over as CEO of the YMCA of Arlington at the start of the year, Roberto Aguirre said he wanted to boost family participation in sports.Now the Arlington Y has announced changes designed to make signing up and playing youth sports easier. This fall the Y will add a sports department and a sports program director at the Cooper Street and North Arlington family centers. All youth sports registration and league administration has been handled at the Arlington Y’s Central Family Center.Among the major changes: Participants may designate a specific area of town where he or she wants to practice and play games.“The Y is listening to its sports participants and what members are saying,” Aguirre said in a statement. “One of the things we focus on at the Y is youth development, and sports is a big part of that. We are intent on providing high-quality youth sports programs.”The agency says it has also adjusted its age ranges for sports, improved training for referees and other officials, and upgraded player uniforms.Online: www.ymca-arlington.org.Kennedale’s new appointment processSpeaking of easier ways to sign up, the Kennedale City Council has approved a new procedure for choosing members for boards and commissions.Under the changes, appointments for all boards will be made at the regular council meeting in October, City Secretary Amethyst Cirmo said. Current members who wish to continue serving will be asked to reapply.Other changes include:• Starting this year, council will hold at least one board orientation meeting to give prospective applicants insight into city strategy, projects, mission and goals, as well as details regarding the mission, functions and responsibilities of each city board. Applicants will be expected to have some knowledge of those topics.• Each applicant will be interviewed by the council. “All in all,” said Cirmo, who is also the city spokeswoman, council members “wanted to create a transparent, simple process that would allow residents to reconnect with the city and inspire interest in being involved. Our community is full of exceptional talent, and in order attract that talent, we need to provide more information on opportunities to participate in Kennedale.”Applications will be available online beginning Aug. 1, and the deadline is Sept. 20.