Collinsville's new fire chief begins duties
Bringing 26 years of experience from his previous position in Ohio, Kevin Edmond was recently named fire chief for the city of Collinsville after a thorough search by the Illinois Fire Chief’s Association (IFCA).
Collinsville City Manager Mitch Bair said Edmond was selected following an exhaustive process of vetting candidates suited for the position.
“The search process took some time, but in the end, using the IFCA as our executive search firm, I feel we have someone who is the exact fit for our needs,” Bair said.
Edmond was recommended by city leaders in mid-December, unanimously approved for a three-year contract, sworn in Jan. 9 at the City Council meeting, and began his duties Jan. 17.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am to welcome Chief Edmond to our leadership team,” Mayor John Miller said. “As a retired Collinsville firefighter, and as the mayor, I am so pleased with this addition.”
Edmond launched his firefighting career in 1986 in Northfield Village. After joining the Mentor, Ohio, department in 1990, he advanced through the ranks, ultimately becoming deputy chief.
He has an associate’s degree in fire science and a bachelor’s in technical education focused on fire science, and is now working toward a master’s in public administration.
“It is a tremendous honor to welcome Chief Edmond to the team as a leader for the Fire Department,” Bair said. “His values and professional experiences will be a huge asset for the city and its residents.”