Nov 23, 2021 7:55 PM

St. Joseph names veteran firefighter as new Fire Chief

Posted Nov 23, 2021 7:55 PM
St. Joseph Fire Chief Kenny Cordonnier/Photo courtesy of the City of St. Joseph
St. Joseph Fire Chief Kenny Cordonnier/Photo courtesy of the City of St. Joseph

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph has a new Fire Chief.

And, he’s a familiar face.

Interim Fire Chief Kenny Cordonnier, who has been Chief of Fire Prevention the past nine years, has been promoted to Fire Chief, succeeding Mike Dalsing, who retired this summer.

Cordonnier says he has a big task ahead.

“Well, it’s a little overwhelming to start with,” Cordonnier tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. “I’ve been doing it since June when Chief Dalsing retired. It kind of briefly puts the weight of the world on your shoulders for just a bit. There’s a lot of people that expect a lot out of me and I don’t plan on letting anybody down.”

Cordonnier didn’t even apply for the job. City Manager Bryan Carter says as the search continued it became apparent Cordonnier checked all the boxes.

Cordonnier has been with the department for 39 years.

He views this promotion as an opportunity to help the 130 employees of the department develop professionally.

“I don’t know how to say it exactly, but I’m very dedicated to these guys, the men and women of this department, and I wholeheartedly support their efforts,” Cordonnier says.

Cordonnier says as Fire Chief he is responsible for the employees of the department and accountable to the residents of St. Joseph.

“Lead a great bunch of men and women and do the very best you can for them. And while you’re doing that you have to be responsible with taxpayer dollars and that’s what this is about.”

More than 30 people applied for the position.

The St. Joseph Fire Department has 130 employees who operate out of 11 companies at nine fire stations.