Daviess Co. Fiscal Court appoints new DCFD fire chief; OFD chief also announces retirement

Owensboro Fire Chief announces retirement

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Jeremy Smith has been appointed as the Daviess Co. Fire Department’s new fire chief.

The Daveiss County Fiscal Court made the announcement Monday morning.

Smith will be replacing long-time DCFD Chief Dwane Smeathers, who recently announced his retirement. Smeathers has served as head of the department since 2009.

Chief Dwane Smeathers.
Chief Dwane Smeathers. (Source: WFIE)

Owensboro’s fire chief, Steve Mitchell, also announced Friday that he’s retiring. He’s been Chief since 2008 and has 37 years in fire service.

Chief Steve Mitchell
Chief Steve Mitchell (Source: WFIE Archives)

“When I came here in 2008 and we had our first Owensboro Fire Department (OFD) strategic planning session, we agreed as a Department that together we would set the standard for the Fire Service in Western Kentucky. We accomplished that goal, as a team.” Among many grants received by OFD, Mitchell led the charge to receive grant funding for the Fire Rescue Boat and staffing for the Quint.

Mayor Watson commented that “Chief Mitchell has led OFD in a positive direction over the years and has provided great service to OBKY. We wish him well!”

“Chief Mitchell has served our community well, and he leaves OFD well prepared for the future. I hope he enjoys the next phase of his life,” City Manager Pagan said.

Chief Mitchell says he’s not sure when his last will be, but he’ll stay through at least Dec. 1.

Owensboro posted on their Facebook the job posting for the fire chief position:

He tells us he’ll “miss every day of it.”

Smith’s appointment to the county’s fire department is pending Fiscal Court approval at its September 5 meeting.

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