MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- After decades spent serving and protecting the community, Manhattan Fire Chief Jerry Snyder is retiring.
Snyder celebrated 36 years with the Manhattan Fire Department. He started on Jan. 3, 1977 and worked his way up the ranks, becoming chief in September of 2005. His retirement was effective February 28, 2013.
He issued the following statement to WIBW as he marked the end of his long career: "Throughout my years of service the Manhattan Fire Department has been blessed with outstanding support from our citizens, city manager’s office and elected officials. I appreciate City Manager Fehr giving me the opportunity to lead the department and for all of his support towards accomplishing our mission."
"It has truly been an honor and privilege to work for the Manhattan Fire Department and to be able to serve the citizens and visitors of Manhattan. I look forward to being able to continue to serve them in other ways now," he added.
A reception for Snyder was held March 1, 2013 at the Manhattan Fire Department's headquarters on Denison Avenue.
MFD's Deputy Chief of Operations Scott French has been named Director of Fire Services for the City of Manhattan in the wake of Snyder's retirement.
French will be responsible for assuring that the City of Manhattan has a professional fire service organization that can effectively function during all types of emergency incidents, including staffing five fire houses and managing the recruitment, selection and training/education of all personnel in the department. He will direct the enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code and other fire safety related ordinances and laws to residential, commercial and educational properties and groups by assuring a thorough program of fire and safety inspections and public education activities. French will also be responsible for administering the City’s building and housing codes as well as nuisance and other code ordinances.
“I would like to thank Chief Jerry Snyder for his dedication and leadership that he has provided to the Manhattan community and wish him the best on his well-deserved retirement,” stated French. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead a highly respected fire department in such a great community.”