Here's just a bit of Kansas City history in making and culture war progress of one of this town's least transparent organizations.
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TKC CONFIRMED!!! KCFD NAMES FIRST LADY CHIEF!!!
Thanks to a BEVY OF KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS Our blog community was FIRST share news about dust-ups, slapfighting and switcheroos in the making.
We mentioned the idea of the first lady Chief back in June and now it's news fact.
Presser copy . . .
For the first time in the department’s 151-year history, a woman will be the chief of Kansas City’s firefighters. City Manager Troy Schulte said Wednesday that acting fire chief Donna Maize now has the permanent position. She had been in the interim role since September 8.
“I thrive on the positivity I receive daily from the department and see a renewed sense of purpose in our responders,” Maize stated in a news release.
She has more than 27 years of experience with the city, most recently as assistant city manager for public safety. She graduated from National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and progressed through KCFD from firefighter to assistant fire chief.
And so, once again the department has another chance for a new start as some of the old power players continue to fade and the growing demand for ambulance service trumps dwindling fire suppression needs.
Don't get it twisted, insider warn that the FD is still a mostly political place controlled by a select few with the majority of workers more concerned about their jobs and public service.
Check the links:
KMBC: No longer interim -- Donna Maize named chief of Kansas City Fire Department
KSHB: “As a second-generation KCFD firefighter, she understands the legacy and tradition, while bringing modern management skills to the department.”Maize started working for the KCFD in 1992 as a firefighter and worked her way to assistant fire chief.
KCTV5: Kansas City has a new fire chief, and it's the first woman in its 150 year history.
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