KCFD fire chief stepping down after less than 2 years on the job

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gary Reese is stepping down as the Kansas City Fire Department’s fire chief after less than two years on the job.

City Manager Troy Schulte said Reese’s last day will be on Sept. 7. An interim fire chief will be appointed while they search for a new fire chief to lead the department.

Reese, 47, took over the job as fire chief in spring 2018, replacing former chief Paul Berardi, who retired in Nov. 2017 after 32 years with the department.

He is a 24-year veteran with KCFD.

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