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T. John Cunningham nominated to be next Fire Chief

May 1, 2018 04:29 PM
John Cunningham head shot
John Cunningham
© City of Elk River

Brooklyn Park City Manager Jay Stroebel has nominated T. John Cunningham to be the City's next Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management.

Cunningham has more than twenty years of experience in the fire service, and since 2009 has served as Elk River's Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management. He also currently serves as the President of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. "Chief Cunningham's leadership, innovation and partnership strengths stood out as key attributes for selecting him as the next leader of the Brooklyn Park Fire Department," said Stroebel.

Cunningham said he is looking forward to serving the city, "The Brooklyn Park Fire Department is rich in tradition with a strong foundation of core values; it will be an absolute honor and privilege to lead the men and women of this department into the future. Brooklyn Park is an incredibly vibrant, diverse, and strong city that is passionate about providing its residents with bountiful opportunities in a safe and compassionate community."

Stroebel said Cunningham's accomplishments include:

  • Launched the Elk River Fire Academy, a multi-department local government partnership which has graduated five classes and has a 100% placement rate;
  • Developed and successfully implemented Elk River's first comprehensive fire department strategic plan;
  • Combined and oversaw the streamlining and integration of Elk River's fire, building and rental inspection programs and code enforcement division;
  • Held the positions of firefighter, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and district chief during 12 years of service for Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Old Greenwich, CT serving a population of 61,000 residents with 200 career and volunteer personnel; and
  • Served as the Planning and Technical Information Specialist for Connecticut Task Force 1, a highly trained disaster response team.

Cunningham has a Bachelor's degree in Management and a Master's degree in Homeland Security Leadership (professional studies).

This appointment will be voted on by the City Council on May 14.  



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