City of Warrensburg Appoints Fire Chief
Warrensburg, MO – The City of Warrensburg is excited to announce the appointment of Kenneth Jennings as the city’s new fire chief. Jennings’ appointment follows the resignation of the previous fire chief in August 2020.
The City conducted a national search that resulted in nearly 30 well-qualified applications. The leading candidates participated in a highly competitive and comprehensive interview process including multiple panel interviews with other department directors and stakeholders.
Jennings currently serves as a Battalion Chief for the Warrensburg Fire Department and has more than 20 years of experience in fire service. Jennings began his career in fire service as a junior firefighter with the Johnson County Fire Protection District in 1999, and he joined the Warrensburg Fire Department as a firefighter in 2002. Jennings has continued to serve both organizations moving up through ranks as firefighter EMT, firefighter specialist, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. His commitment to fire service is demonstrated by his extensive training and professional development.
Jennings has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and investigation and an associate’s degree in fire science. He is involved in many professional associations including membership in the Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association, President of the Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit and authoring publications for the International Associations of Fire Chiefs.
“I am honored and excited to continue my service to the Warrensburg community in my new role as Fire Chief. I am committed to working for and with the men and women of the Warrensburg Fire Department as we stand ready to protect the lives and property of our citizens,” said Jennings.
“The Warrensburg Fire Department has a reputation of training and developing dedicated professionals, and Ken Jennings has demonstrated his skills as a firefighter and leader in our department. Chief Jennings will honor this history and ensure high-quality fire service and protection delivery to the community,” said Danielle Dulin, City Manager. “Additionally, I extend tremendous gratitude to Assistant Fire Chief Doyle Oxley for serving as the interim fire chief during this transition and for his dedication and commitment to the department and our community.”
Jennings will begin serving as Fire Chief on January 1, 2022. He will command a staff of 26 full-time firefighters and 24 part-time firefighters.