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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2012

Deputy Chief Berardi appointed interim chief

The City of Kansas City, Mo., announced Monday, July 23 that KCFD Deputy Chief Paul Berardi has been selected as the interim chief for the KCFD. Chief Berardi will assume his new responsibilities on Tuesday, July 31 after Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer retires from KCFD.

“The City can take great confidence in the experience and expertise that Chief Berardi brings to the position,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “He is a great example of the depth of quality leadership that exists within KCFD.”

With more than 26 years of service with KCFD, Chief Berardi has served the past 11 years as deputy chief and has led the Professional Development Bureau, Medical Bureau and most recently served as a designated shift commander responsible for KCFD Emergency Service Operations citywide during designated operating periods.

Chief Berardi holds an associate degree in fire science from Metropolitan Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker University and a Master of Public Administration from UMKC’s Bloch School of Management.He was selected in 2004 for a fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to attend the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program.

Media inquiries about this should be directed to Lew Hendricks, KCFD, at 816-784-9172 or Dennis Gagnon, City Communications Office, at 816-513-2659.

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