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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2013
City announces appointment of fire chief
City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Troy Schulte has announced that Interim Fire Chief Paul Berardi has been appointed as the chief of the City’s Fire Department. Chief Berardi has served as the interim chief of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department since the retirement of Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer in July. He was selected after a national search that yielded a diverse field of highly qualified candidates.
“In his short tenure as interim fire chief, Paul Berardi has exhibited the responsiveness, strength, leadership and determination the City of Kansas City needs in a fire chief,” Schulte said. “I believe Chief Berardi understands the critical challenges that face both our City and the KCFD and will address them with objectivity.”
The fire chief is responsible for public safety and serves at-will under the day-to-day administrative direction of the city manager. In addition to providing oversight and leadership for the day-to-day operational activities of this complex organization, he will also serve as a technical adviser to other City departments, the Mayor and the City Council regarding fire, disaster management and EMS issues. The chief is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive employee/labor relations climate and ensuring the proper and efficient use of resources.
With more than 26 years of service at KCFD, Chief Berardi has served the past 11 years as deputy chief and has led the Professional Development Bureau and the Medical Bureau. He most recently served as a designated shift commander responsible for KCFD Emergency Service Operations citywide during designated operating periods.
Chief Berardi holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker University and an associate degree in fire science from Metropolitan Community College. 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 topic should be directed to Pat Klein, City Manager’s Office, at 816-513-6535.