Kansas City Fire Chief is Retiring

Smokey Dyer, Kansas City (MO) second-longest tenured fire chief, is retiring. His replacement will take over a department with millions of dollars in budget cuts, reports Kansas City Fox 4 News.

The city manager’s office is tasked with finding a replacement.  A city spokesperson said interviews for an interim chief were finished Tuesday, but a decision has not been made.

The interim chief will take over on July 31, until a more permanent replacement is hired. 

Chief Dyer said he’d like his replacement to continue the department’s labor-management partnership — where they’ve brought together command staff and leadership from two different unions. Dyer said without that, it will be much more difficult to have an effective fire department.

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