Chief McNarry, Kansas City.
Chief John McNarry, of the Kansas City, Kan., fire department, has been for sixteen years in the fire service of that city. He began at the bottom as a fireman and has come through to his present honors, having been made chief about two and a half years ago.
Since becoming the head of the Kansas City fire department, Chief McNarry has labored continuously to build up the department. One of bis principal efforts has been toward putting his department on a strictly civil service basis. In this ho has succeeded in every respect except having the position of chief included in the merit list. The fitness of Chief McNarry is unquestioned but other influences seem to be at work to keep the position at the disposal of the politicians. Kansas City has over 100,000 population, and is the only city m the State m which the position of chief of the fire department is not subject to municipal civil service. Since such large interests are at stake it would seem reasonable to expect that this will soon be done in Kansas City.
In point of keeping up the efficiency of the department under him Chief McNarry has been continuously active and has accomplished considerable. He has recently asked for three new fire stations. His administration is generally considered meritorious in Kansas City.