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Junction City appoints new fire and EMS chief

By The Mercury

After an extensive and comprehensive selection process, the City of Junction City announced Saturday the selection of Kevin Royse as new fire/EMS chief. 

Royse was selected from a field of 24 candidates.

He brings with him more than 26 years of firefighting and emergency medical service experience. All gained with the Wichita Fire Department. 

His service provided increasingly responsibility as firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and most recently as battalion chief of the Special Operations Division that was responsible for four fire stations and 36 personnel.

The position has been vacant since the retirement of Chief Mike Steinfort on Nov. 1. 

“This selection was critical to the continued success of Junction City,” said Cheryl Beatty, interim city manager, in a press release.  “As such, we developed a candidate profile from the firefighters and the management team. We stuck to that profile and ultimately selected Chief Royse because of his high moral fiber, inclusive management style, and solid belief in being a team player. “

Royse’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree and master’s degree in criminal justice. 

He is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy.  He also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kansas Fire Service Training. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to take on the challenges of becoming a fire and EMS chief in an incredibly professional department,” Royse said in the release. “As a proponent of life-long learning, I will use my teaching abilities combined with my knowledge and skills to move the department forward in meeting the service needs of Junction City and Geary County.”

Chief Royse is scheduled to report to work on July 22.

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