Interim Fire Chief Paul Berardi has been appointed as the chief of the city's fire department.
Berardi has served as the interim chief since the retirement of 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," City Manager Troy Schulte said in a written statement. "I believe Chief Berardi understands the critical challenges that face both our city and the KCFD and will address them with objectivity."
With more than 26 years of service with the Kansas City, MO, Fire Department, 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 fire department's emergency service operations citywide during designated operating periods.
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.
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