Lee’s Summit fire chief announces retirement
After more than 38 years with the department, Lee’s Summit Fire Chief Keith Martin will retire on Sept. 22.
Rick Poeschl, assistant fire chief for support services, will be acting chief after Martin leaves.
“When I began my career in the fire service in Warrensburg, Mo., it was my goal to work for the Lee’s Summit Fire Department,” Martin said in a news release. ”The department was known throughout the state as one of the best fire and EMS services anywhere, and I wanted to be a part of that world.”
He joined Lee’s Summit as a firefighter in December 1976 and moved up the ranks. He became chief in 2009.
Feuerborn on track to become Raymore city manager
Pending final approval by the City Council on Sept. 8, Raymore Assistant City Manager Jim Feuerborn will be promoted to the city’s top administrative post.
Feuerborn would replace longtime City Manager Eric Berlin, who resigned in June to accept a position in North Kansas City.
After Berlin’s departure, Feuerborn became acting city manager, his third stint serving in that capacity during his 10-year tenure with the city.
Feuerborn began working for Raymore in 2004 as finance director and was promoted to assistant city manager three years later.
Earlier, he served 17 years in administration for the Hickman Mills School District.
| Bethany Bashioum, Special to The Star
KC residents invited to learn about their city
Kansas City residents are invited to register for Community Engagement University and learn more about their city and how they can help improve it.
“We created this program because so many people are interested in learning more about how the city actually works…This is a great way for them to learn,” said Chris Hernandez, director of city communications.
The free, eight-week program begins Sept. 9 and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday nights through Oct. 28 at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.
Topics to be covered are: understanding local government — its finances, operations, projects and services; helping improve the quality of life for residents; and building a livable, sustainable community.
“Stronger neighborhoods create a stronger city. When more residents are engaged in their city government, they are more informed about what the city can and is doing for neighborhoods, and we are better able to keep in touch with neighborhood needs,” said Hernandez.
Registrants must be 18 or older. Pre-register at http://tinyurl.com/CEUregistration or call 816-513-1330.
Class membership is limited to 30 residents. Class members are encouraged to attend all the sessions. Light refreshments will be provided.
| Norma King, Special to The Star
Belton has a new fire chief
Norman Larkey, who was born and raised in Belton, has returned home to become the city’s new fire chief.
In 1989, he began his career with the Kansas City Fire Department and retired after 25 years and holding every rank except fire chief.
Larkey replaces former Chief Steven Holle, who retired after 35 years with Belton.
Larkey said some of his closest friendships were made while in fire service.
“But, I always told my colleagues in Kansas City that the only other place I would want to be fire chief at is Belton,” Larkey said.
He started in mid-August but has plans in mind. Those include creating an apparatus and vehicle replacement plan, updating rules and regulations and hiring a full-time fire marshal.
| The Cass County Democrat Missourian
Citizen’s Police Academy in Independence
The Independence Police Department will launch another Citizen’s Police Academy on Oct. 2. Classes will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. each Thursday evening through Dec. 18.
Seating is limited to 30 people, who must submit to a background check. Participants will learn about what police do on the job, including traffic control, drug enforcement and investigations.
Anyone interested should visit www.ci.independence.mo.us/ipd/citizenacademy.aspx.