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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City residents have a new fire chief Thursday after the city manager announced the appointment of interim fire chief Paul Berardi.

Berardi has served the past 11 years as deputy chief. He became interim fire chief when Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer retired in July.

After a national search of diverse and highly qualified candidates, Schulte said he chose the man with 26 years of service at the Kansas City Fire Department.

“In his short tenure as interim fire chief, Paul Berardi has exhibited the responsiveness, strength, leadership and determination the City of Kansas City needs in a fire chief,” Schulte said. “I believe Chief Berardi understands the critical challenges that face both our City and the KCFD and will address them with objectivity.”

Chief Berardi holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management.

The fire chief is responsible for public safety and serves at-will under the day-to-day administrative direction of the city manager.

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