Glover was named to the top spot on July 9 after the recommendation
from Mayor Greg Goodnight was accepted by the Kokomo Board of Works and
Public Safety. Former chief Pat O’Neill stepped down from the post and
accepted a position as battalion chief.
who has served as deputy chief overseeing the city’s code inspection
services department, said that his first days in the position will be
spent exploring for ways to protect the public better.
“We’re looking at some things that could be done more efficiently,”
said Glover. “We need to do some more study, and I’m still putting
together office staff. There are a couple movable parts that I need to
take care of. There are different theories about how to man fire
departments, and we’ll be looking at those.
“When it comes to fire protection, it’s largely geographically based.
As far as where stations and trucks are located, there is not a whole
lot to do. The way we deploy and our tactics shouldn’t change, in my
opinion, but the way trucks are manned is something we will look at.”
departure ends his five-year tenure atop the department he joined 36
years ago. He will return to the rank of battalion chief on the third
platoon to assist Glover until he formally retires from the fire
department in January 2016.
the day I started in 1978, I have considered it an honor to serve on
the Kokomo Fire Department,” said O’Neill. “It has been a privilege to
work alongside the brave men and women of this department who train and
work every day in service to the residents of the community. I intend
to retire in January of 2016, and I wanted to help guide the new chief
to ensure a fluid transition. I have the utmost respect and confidence
in Nick Glover. He is the best choice to be the next chief of the KFD.”
said he expected Chris Hall, who serves as battalion chief over code
inspection services, will take on the enforcement arm that effort,
which Glover held before the promotion. He added that he anticipates
remaining acutely involved in code enforcement from the chief’s office.
has been with Kokomo Fire Department since 1995, serving as EMT,
captain, fire inspector, and deputy fire chief. In his most recent
capacity as Deputy Chief, Glover spearheaded the city’s code
enforcement and inspection services departments. But in this new role,
he is relieved to have a wealth of knowledge remaining on the force as
the department transitions.
best benefit I get from this is, even though I’ve been the deputy chief
for the last couple years, there were things I wasn’t privy to,” said
Glover. “When a situation arises that I haven’t seen, O’Neill will be
there for me to ask.
chief are sometimes called for consultation. I’ve seen Pat call Dave
Duncan or talk to Joe Zuppardo, who works with our code enforcement
team. It’s nice to have that knowledge with us. I value the work Pat
has done and continues to do on behalf of the department.”
was similarly grateful for O’Neill’s five years of service as chief.
want to thank Chief O’Neill for his dedication and service to our
city,” said Goodnight. “His decision to assist the new chief, and his
thoughtful timing of that decision, is a reflection of his commitment
to the best interest of the department. Chief O’Neill has led the KFD
through a restructuring of manpower, the construction of two new fire
stations, and the department taking control of code enforcement and
inspection services duties. The department has been made more efficient
under his leadership."
being sworn into office, Nick Glover became the 34th chief of the
Kokomo Fire Department. He and his wife, Christy, have four children.
They reside on the south side of Kokomo. Glover is a 1991 graduate of
Kokomo High School and a Navy veteran.