This week, Redmond Mayor John Marchione chose Kevin Donnelly for the City’s new Fire Chief. Mr. Donnelly is currently the Fire Chief for Lodi, California (population 65,000).
The City of Redmond conducted a nationwide recruitment and received 80 applications. Telephone interviews were conducted with the top applicants and four candidates were selected from that process for on-site interviews in February. Three diverse panels comprised of Mayor Marchione, City representatives, City of Bellevue Fire Chief, a representative from Fire District 34, a Civil Service Commissioner and union representatives, interviewed the finalists.
“Throughout the interview process, Kevin displayed the characteristics and traits required of a director on my management team,” stated Mayor Marchione. “His leadership and management skills, along with excellent interpersonal skills, will make him a valuable addition to the City’s Fire Department and the community.”
Appointment of Mr. Donnelly to Fire Chief is contingent upon a completed background check and Council approval scheduled for late spring.
Kevin Donnelly brings substantial experience to the Fire Chief position through a long and varied career in fire operations and management in California. He began his career in 1986 as a Fire Engineer for Felton Fire Protection District in Felton, California. In 1991, Mr. Donnelly transfered to the City of Lodi as a Firefighter/Engineer and was promoted through the ranks to Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief of Operations and finally to Fire Chief in 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management from California State University.