Galesburg Fire Chief Announced

November 14, 2019 09:22 AM
Fire Marshall Randy Hovind has been selected to serve as the next Fire Chief for the City of Galesburg. Hovind takes the helm as leader of the Fire Department following the retirement of Chief Tom Simkins, who served for the last 10 years as Fire Chief. Hovind will be sworn in as Fire Chief on Friday, November 22, 2019 and a reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. prior to the December 2, 2019 Galesburg City Council meeting for the public to meet the Fire Chief. 
"The hiring committee was very impressed with all of the final candidates for the position of Fire Chief. This is a position which holds a great deal of responsibility, and I’m proud to announce that Fire Marshall Hovind has been selected to fill the role," said City Manager Todd Thompson. "He has proven himself as a leader within the department and has extensive expertise in all operations and activities of the Fire Department."
Fire Marshall Hovind has over 20 years of professional firefighting experience with the Galesburg Fire Department, and has held the positions of Firefighter, Fire Captain, and Fire Marshall at the rank of Battalion Chief. Through each position held, he has developed leadership skills related to fire prevention and suppression, training, operations, emergency management, hazardous materials, technical rescue, and administrative oversight.
Hovind was born and raised in Galesburg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University in Fire Science Administration and Management, as well as many professional certifications related to fire, safety, and emergency management. He is involved with the Galesburg community, including coaching youth sports and as an active member of the Galesburg Lions Club.
"I am honored to have been selected as Fire Chief," said Hovind. "I’ve taken on each role I’ve held with the Fire Department with enthusiasm and determination to effect the changes that bettered each position and the department as a whole. I intend to bring the same dedication to the role of chief and am ready to take the lead and build the vision for the Galesburg Fire Department."
The City of Galesburg implemented a comprehensive search to fill the position of Fire Chief, which included a community survey, and final candidate interviews with both a diverse community panel and the search committee. The Fire Chief is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible for the administration and oversight of the Galesburg Fire Department and emergency management operations for the community.


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City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181