City of Peoria Press Release
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Peoria Fire Chief Announces Retirement
Fire Chief Bob McKibben to pursue new career and move to be closer to family
Peoria Fire Chief Bob
McKibben has announced his retirement effective June 30.
Chief McKibben has been
with Peoria for the past 7 years coming here as a Deputy Chief in February of
2001 and took over as Fire Chief in November of 2001. During his tenure the
department has grappled with providing emergency fire and medical services to a
rapidly growing city, added two new fire stations, expanded the services to Lake
Pleasant and directed the growth of the support functions that have made Peoria
Fire one of the premier fire departments in the country.
“I have spent the past 28
years in the fire service. During that time, I have had the pleasure of working
with some of the best and most talented people around. These individuals are
largely responsible for my success and for that, I am very thankful. The
challenges here have often been difficult but persevering the hard times and
enjoying the good has paid off for me both personally and professionally. I will
always cherish the memories I hold of the City of Peoria, the Peoria Fire
Department and the personnel that make up such a fine organization.” stated
Chief McKibben will be
moving back to his home state of Wisconsin to be with his family and to pursue
an opportunity as a partner with a new emergency management consulting company.
has been a super chief. We wish him well.” commented City Manager Terry Ellis.