Scott French was named director of fire services for the city of Manhattan, the city announced today.
He will begin work in his new position March 1, replacing Jerry Snyder who will retire effective Feb. 28.
“I am extremely pleased to promote Deputy Chief of Operations Scott French to the position of Director of Fire Services,” City Manager Ron Fehr said in the announcement. “Scott will bring a seamless transition to the Manhattan Fire Department and will be an asset to the city’s management team. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the profession, worked effectively with other area emergency services personnel, and has the skills to meet the current and future demands of our Fire Services Department.”
French will be responsible for assuring that the city of Manhattan has a professional fire service organization that can effectively function during all types of emergencies. He will staff five fire houses and manage the recruitment, selection and training/education of all personnel in the department.
He will direct the enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code and other fire safety related ordinances and laws to residential, commercial and educational properties and groups by assuring a thorough program of fire and safety inspections and public education activities.
French will also be responsible for administering the city’s building and housing codes as well as nuisance and other code ordinances.
“I would like to thank Chief Jerry Snyder for his dedication and leadership that he has provided to the Manhattan community and wish him the best on his well-deserved retirement,” French said.“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead a highly respected fire department in such a great community.”
In addition to serving as Deputy Chief of Operations for the City of Manhattan, French has held the positions of assistant chief, lieutenant I and II, fire driver I and II, firefighter I and II, and began his career with the city as a student firefighter in May 1994.
He is a member of theKansas Professional Fire Chief’s Association, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and has numerous national professional certifications in his field of expertise.
He currently serves as a representative on the Northeast Kansas Homeland Security Council, serves as vice-chair of theKansas Task Force-2 Search and Rescue Team, serves on the advisory board for the local Salvation Army, and coaches an under-12 boys Flint Hills soccer team.
French and his wife, Deanell French, have three children: Austin, Katilyn and Hunter.French replaces the vacancy that will be left by Jerry Snyder, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Snyder began his career with the City of Manhattan in January 1977 as a firefighter and was promoted five times during his tenure with the city to director of fireservices, a position that he has held since August 2005.
Fehr said, “Jerry has served the citizens of Manhattan exceptionally well and has been engaged in improving our community for many years. ”
Fehr said he wishes Snyder the best.
“I am very pleased that City Manager Fehr has chosen Scott French as my successor,” Snyder said. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with him the past four years and have no doubt that he will continue to move the Manhattan Fire Department in a positive direction.
“It hasbeen an honor working for the Manhattan Fire Department and City of Manhattan for the past 36 years.”