Garden City names Collins interim fire chief

GARDEN CITY – Garden City Battalion Chief Rick Collins has been named Interim Fire Chief for the Garden City Fire Department, effective July 2.

Collins has been with the department since 1989 and currently oversees the third shift. City Manager Matt Allen said Collins will serve in the interim administrative capacity as he continues his duties as Battalion Chief until a new Fire Chief assumes the role.

“Battalion Chief Rick Collins is a respected fire officer who has served the department and community for 30 years,” Allen said. “I have the utmost confidence in the entire department and the leadership abilities of all three Battalion Chiefs. As we work to identify the next Garden City Fire Chief, it’s a comfort knowing that the department is in Rick’s very capable hands.“

Collins will assume the position vacated by the retirement of Fire Chief Allen Shelton.

“I consider it an honor to serve as the Interim Fire Chief. Under the leadership of Chief Shelton, the Garden City Fire Department has developed a strong operational structure,” Collins said. “Battalion Chief Seirer, Battalion Chief Morris and I will continue to lead our professional fire officer teams in their daily prevention duties and response readiness. The Interim Fire Chief role will require a few more meetings and communicating with the City Manager and administrative departments, but the bulk of the daily operational leadership continues to be at the Battalion Chief level. I think that was Chief Shelton’s vision for this department and he’s positioned it to operate well during this interim period.”

Search for next Fire Chief underway in Garden City

The City of Garden City’s search for a Fire Chief is underway. Resume review will begin the last week of July. “The search process for the Fire Chief will utilize social media, professional associations, and more to conduct a nationwide search. There are many avenues available for recruitment and the City is committed to connecting with qualified candidates to take part in the Assessment Center,” Human Resource Director Allie Medina said.

The position profile and job posting can be found on the City’s website. Here is the link to the position profile: https://www.garden-city.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=4681

Public reception for retiring Fire Chief to be held on June 28

The public is invited to attend the reception for retiring Fire Chief Allen Shelton on Friday, June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Central Fire Station Bay located at 302 N. Ninth St. in Garden City.