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LENEXA, Kan. — The Lenexa Fire Department announced that they have named a new fire chief for the department.

Lenexa’s City Council appointed 28-year veteran Lonny Owens as the new chief Tuesday night.

“I have confidence that Lonny will do an exceptional job leading the Lenexa Fire Department,” said City Administrator Eric Wade. “He is a dedicated public servant and cares deeply about the citizens of Lenexa. He is well respected by the Fire Department staff, other city staff and the City Council. Lonny will lead the effort to maintain the department’s high standards and continue developing the next generation of leaders.”

Owens joined the department in 1987. He has served as the deputy fire chief the last few years.

“I’m humbled and honored to accept this appointment to serve and lead one of the best departments in the country,” said Owens. “I look forward to working side by side with other dedicated men and women in the Lenexa Fire Department in the delivery of professional emergency services. I’m eager to continue to build on our strong relationships with other city and community partners.”

Owens will replace Fire Chief Dan Rhodus, who retired during the summer.