The Warrensburg Fire Department has a new chief. Phil Johnston retired at 5:00 Tuesday, July 30th, after 49 years as a firefighter. He had been with Warrensburg since 2004.
Jim Kushner took over the role on Wednesday. He has served as the Assistant Fire Chief for the past three years, and was chosen from 29 applicants.
Press Release from the City of Warrensburg
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 31, 2013) – The City of Warrensburg is pleased to announce that Jim Kushner, current Assistant Fire Chief for the City, will assume the reins of Fire Chief effective July 31, 2013.
Following a national search that yielded 29 applicants including experienced fire administrators from other communities, Jim Kushner became one of only seven qualified candidates. His extensive education and training, as well as over a 30 year history with the Warrensburg Fire Department including the last three years as Assistant Fire Chief, gave him the competitive edge to assume the position.
“I am honored to continue my service to the Warrensburg community and look forward to taking the fire department into the future,” said Kushner. “The department has grown tremendously under the supervision of Phil Johnston. It has been a pleasure working alongside him for the past nine years. He will be greatly missed – his humor, his knowledge and overall guidance. I have some big shoes to fill.”
“We conducted an extensive nationwide search for a new fire chief. It is gratifying to know that our own Assistant Fire Chief Jim Kushner beat all other competitors for the position,” said City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins. “Our residents should take comfort in knowing that the Warrensburg Fire Department can only get better under the tutelage of such an experienced and highly-regarded leader in the fire and rescue field.”
For more information, contact Human Resources at 660-747-9131 or visit www.warrensburg-mo.com.