Mayor Jean Stothert selects new Omaha Fire Chief

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Mayor Gene Stothert chose a new Omaha fire chief Thursday.

Kathy Bossman was chosen as the next Omaha Fire Chief. She will be the first woman to serve as fire chief and will succeed fire chief Dan Olsen, who will retire this month.

“This position requires excellent work experience, financial and personnel management, and leadership and trust within the fire department and the community,” Mayor Stothert said. “Chief Bossman shares my expectations for excellence in public safety, service to our citizens, firefighter safety, and the management of the Omaha Fire Department.”

Bossman joined the Omaha Fire Department in 1997 as a firefighter/paramedic. During her career, she was promoted to Captain, Battalion Chief, and in 2017, Chief Olsen promoted her to Assistant Fire Chief.

“As a leader, I am committed to maintaining our diversity, equality, inclusion and sense of belonging, especially in higher positions. We value the different perspectives that a diverse workforce offers,” said Bossman. “I will continue to build relationships with stakeholders in the community, open lines of communication and invest in our workforce to ensure our firefighters are actively involved in the research and development of new programs and procedures, with safety as our number one priority.”

Bossman will be sworn in as chief following Chief Olsen’s retirement on March 24.


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