Search Press Releases

Press Release Archive

Press Releases

  |   Views: 3357
  |   Categories: Fire Department Press Releases

City of Lee’s Summit Names New Fire Chief

City of Lee’s Summit Names New Fire Chief

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Snider as the City’s new fire chief. This selection follows the March 2019 retirement of Rick Poeschl.

The City conducted an extensive national search that resulted in over 48 well-qualified and exemplary applicants. Leading candidates participated in a highly competitive and comprehensive interview process, which included multiple panel interviews with stakeholders, executive management and department directors. “We attracted top candidates both on a regional and national level for this search,” said City Manager Steve Arbo. “I think this is a positive statement about the outstanding qualities of the men and women who serve our community in the Lee's Summit Fire Department."

"We are very excited to welcome Michael Snider as the City’s ninth fire chief,” said Arbo. “The Fire Department has played a very important part in our community for a long time. We have been fortunate to have generations of dedicated professionals who have protected and cared for us.  As we look ahead to the future, it is essential the new leader prepare the department for significant changes in the emergency response profession. Michael Snider has proven his ability to be both, a great fire chief and leader, who can prepare the organization for change.”

Snider currently serves as fire chief for the Liberty, Mo. Fire Department and has more than 23 years of experience in fire service. He began his fire career as a fire specialist/emergency medical technician in 1995. In 1998, Snider joined the Liberty Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic where he moved up through the ranks as captain, deputy fire chief/emergency medical services and fire chief/emergency management director.

Snider has a bachelor’s degree in management and human resources, and associate degrees in fire service management and paramedic studies. He actively participates in numerous local and regional fire organizations, currently serving as vice chair of the Missouri Fire Alliance, president of the Northland Fire Chiefs Council and vice president for both the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs and Heart of America Fire Chiefs.

Snider serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Constitution, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee and previously held the offices of president, first vice president, second vice president and Missouri director for the organization’s Missouri Valley Division. Snider is also a member of the Western Missouri Fire Chiefs executive board and is the Fire Rescue GPO Advisory Council’s Missouri representative.

“I have cherished the years I have served the Liberty community and I am now truly honored to be selected as the City of Lee's Summit's next fire chief,” said Snider. “The Lee's Summit Fire Department has a rich history of leadership in the fire service and of high quality delivery of service to the community. I am excited for the opportunity to be part of such a great department and the City's leadership team.”

“Chief Snider will be joining an outstanding group of professionals currently leading the Lee’s Summit Fire Department,” said Arbo. In particular, I was pleased to have Assistant Chief Dan Manley serve as our interim fire chief during the search process. He is a well-respected individual not only in our community but also on a regional basis in regards to emergency management. It was an honor to work closely with him during this period of time.”  

Snider will begin his employment on August 26, 2019 where he will command a staff of 154 firefighters and administrative personnel.

Print

Theme picker

Latest Press Releases

City Hosts RecycleFEST on Nov. 9 at Maintenance Facility
City Hosts RecycleFEST on Nov. 9 at Maintenance Facility

City Hosts RecycleFEST on Nov. 9 at Maintenance Facility

City of Lee’s Summit is hosting its free RecycleFEST on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the City’s Maintenance Facility, 1971 SE Hamblen Rd. RecycleFEST offers Lee’s Summit residents an opportunity to dispose of a variety of items in an environmentally friendly manner. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 262 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in 2015, just 34.7 percent was recycled and composted. 52.5 percent of...
Community Invited to Lee’s Summit State of the Arts
Community Invited to Lee’s Summit State of the Arts

Community Invited to Lee’s Summit State of the Arts

The Lee’s Summit Arts Council is inviting the community to attend the State of the Arts reception on Oct. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Aspen Room at The Stanley, 308 SE Douglas St. The State of the Arts is an opportunity to recognize the arts and cultural leaders who make a positive impact on the Lee’s Summit community. Cultural Arts Grant recipients will be honored for their work and one local artist will be presented the Arts Leadership Award for exemplifying...
Community Invited to Ward Road Ribbon Cutting on Sept. 27

Community Invited to Ward Road Ribbon Cutting on Sept. 27

The community is invited to celebrate the completion of the Ward Road Improvements Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Southwest Ward Road and Southwest Fenwick Road. This project is the culmination of decades of work and long-term planning that transformed Ward Road, providing safe access for all residents. This project widened and reconstructed Ward Road to a three-lane road from Southwest County Line Road to...
NEWS RELEASE- Small Chemical Spill at Lee's Summit Medical Center

NEWS RELEASE- Small Chemical Spill at Lee's Summit Medical Center

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO—On Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:46 p.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to the Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Parkway for a reported chemical spill. Hospital staff discovered a spilled material in the pathology lab and sealed off the area. When the fire department arrived, it was determined the spill was contained to the pathology lab and there was no immediate threat to the remainder of the...
City of Lee’s Summit Hosts Blood Drive Sept. 30
City of Lee’s Summit Hosts Blood Drive Sept. 30

City of Lee’s Summit Hosts Blood Drive Sept. 30

The City of Lee’s Summit, in partnership with the Community Blood Center, is hosting a community blood drive on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall, 220 SE Green St. The Community Blood Center says a drop in donations has resulted in an urgent need for all blood types. According to the Community Blood Center, nearly 600 donations are needed every day to meet hospital demand. Donations have dropped so dramatically in recent months, there’s less...
First246Last