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Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: March 19, 2020

Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor Announces Resignation

Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor announced that he will be resigning from his position as Fire Chief from the Columbus Division of Fire effective May 28, 2020.

“I appreciate Chief O’Connor’s service to the Columbus residents as part of the Fire team for 31 years,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “His commitment to expanding diversity through the cadet program has positioned the Division to better reflect the community that it serves in the near future.”

Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, Jr., noted O’Connor’s accomplishments on the restructuring of EMS personnel and national accreditation.  “Over the last five years as fire chief, Chief O’Connor developed a system that realigned resources to match the future needs of the City of Columbus with the change of the division’s EMS deployment system,” said Director Pettus. “Under his leadership the division was reaccredited in 2017 – not an easy undertaking.  We know that less than 1% of the Fire departments in the country meet this gold standard of excellence. 

O’Connor was also critical in the initiation of the Mobile Stroke Unit, a concept that enables diagnosis and treatment at the emergency site that was launched in 2019.

Interviews will be held to select an interim chief from within the Division of Fire, while the city launches a nationwide search to identify the best candidates to lead the Columbus Division of Fire.