New Fire Chief Named In Manhattan

By: City Of Manhattan Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers
By: City Of Manhattan Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Scott French will be named Director of Fire Services for the City of Manhattan effective March 1, 2013, to replace Jerry Snyder who will be officially retiring as Director of Fire Services effective February 28, 2013. Ron R. Fehr, City Manager, for the City of Manhattan, made the announcement Thursday.

Fehr said, “I am extremely pleased to promote Deputy Chief of Operations Scott French to the position of Director of Fire Services. Scott will bring a seamless transition to the Manhattan Fire Department and will be an asset to the City’s management team. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the profession, worked effectively with other area emergency services personnel, and has the skills to meet the current and future demands of our Fire Services Department.”

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.”

In addition to serving as Deputy Chief of Operations for the City of Manhattan, French has held the positions of Assistant Chief, Lieutenant I and II, Fire Driver I and II, Firefighter I and II, and began his career with the City as a student firefighter in May 1994. He is a member of the Kansas Professional Fire Chief’s Association, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and has numerous national professional certifications in his field of expertise. He currently serves as a representative on the Northeast Kansas Homeland Security Council, serves as vice-chair of the Kansas Task Force-2 Search and Rescue Team, serves on the advisory board for the local Salvation Army, and coaches a U12 boys Flint Hills soccer team. He is married to Deanell, and has three children, Austin, Katilyn and Hunter.

French replaces the vacancy that will be left by Jerry Snyder, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Snyder began his career with the City of Manhattan in January 1977 as a firefighter and was promoted five times during his tenure with the City to Director of Fire Services, a position that he has held since August 2005.

City Manager Fehr said, “Jerry has served the citizens of Manhattan exceptionally well and has been engaged in improving our community for many years. He is an outstanding professional and has mentored our younger officers and firefighters. We wish Jerry the very best.”

“I am very pleased that City Manager Fehr has chosen Scott French as my successor. I have had the pleasure of working closely with him the past four years and have no doubt that he will continue to move the Manhattan Fire Department in a positive direction,” stated Snyder. “It has been an honor working for the Manhattan Fire Department and City of Manhattan for the past 36 years. My colleagues throughout the City are exceptional professionals who care very much about the city, its citizens and its visitors. I will truly miss the relationships I have established with everyone that I have worked with over the years.”

To learn more about the Manhattan Department of Fire Services, visit the City’s website at www.cityofmhk.com.


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