Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Bradford named as new fire chief

November 8, 2005


Mark Bradford was today named as Lawrence's new fire chief.

Bradford, who has been serving as acting chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County & Medical Department, was picked for the job by City Manager Mike Wildgen after the city reviewed 20 others who had applied for the spot, according to an announcement sent out by Wildgen's office.

"Mark's experience with leading fire medical departments, combined with his knowledge of Lawrence and Douglas County Fire Medical makes him an asset for the Lawrence community," Wildgen said in the announcement. "I am pleased to appoint him as Fire Chief."

Wildgen will introduce Bradford to the Lawrence City Commission prior to tonight's city commission meeting.

Bradford has been serving as acting chief since the retirement of Jim McSwain, the former chief.

As fire chief, Bradford is responsible for all aspects of the Fire & Medical Department, including emergency medical and ambulance services, fire fighting, fire prevention and management of the department's day to day activities, according to Wildgen's office.

Bradford joined the department in February, 2001, after working at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and serving City of Lee's Summit for 23 years, where he was assistant fire chief.

Bradford is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration at Kansas University. His annual salary will be $97,405, according to Wildgen's office.


avhjmlk 12 years, 2 months ago

Mark is a great guy--very bright, with a good head on his shoulders. He'll be a wonderful replacement for McSwain.

BrianR 12 years, 2 months ago

This is great news, Mark is terrific!

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 2 months ago

Congrats to him. I'm sure his handling of the Boardwalk fire helped solidify him as the top candidate.

Taxpayer 12 years, 2 months ago

Slow down with the congrats...let's ask the rank and file firemen what they think of their new leader. Maybe they ain't so happy with him!

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