Mike Callahan named new fire chief for Kansas City, KS

By Chris Oberholtz
KCTV – July 26, 2018

Mike Callahan has been named the new fire chief for Kansas City, KS.

Mayor David Alvey and Unified Government County Administrator Doug Bach made the announcement at a news conference Thursday.

“I believe Chief Callahan is an excellent fit our department. He has extensive experience in fire operations and medical transport, not to mention a manager with a reputation for efficiency and leadership among his fellow commanders. I am very excited to make him part of our team,” Bach said.

Callahan replaces former Fire Chief John Paul Jones who retired this year after leading the Kansas City, KS Fire Department since 2007.

Callahan started with Chicago Fire Department in 1980. For the last nine years, he served as deputy fire commissioner in Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department is the second largest Fire Department in the country, with 5,000 employees and an annual budget of $621-million. Chicago firefighters respond to more than 800,000 emergency calls a year.

Callahan says he is excited about the opportunity to serve in KCK.

“I was looking for a community that was vibrant, flourishing and developing. KCK is all of those things. After finding KCK, we decided this was the place to come,” he said.

Callahan was chosen from a pool of six finalists. He takes over for John Paul Jones who retired last December after 10 years as fire chief.

Callahan has a Master of Sciences in Homeland Security Administration and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement/Justice Administration and Spanish Language.


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