The Fire Board of Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton announced earlier this year the retirement of Fire Chief Michael P. Auteri, who faithfully served the Bellevue and Dayton communities for nearly 30 years. In June, the Fire Board announced that Captain Chris Adkins, a 14-year veteran of Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton, would succeed Auteri as the department’s new Fire Chief beginning July 1.
“I want to thank both cities for their patience as we went through a very rigorous hiring process,” said Board Chairman, Jeff Haas. “I believe that Chief Adkins will continue to take our fire department forward in a positive direction, and be an asset to both cities for many years to come.”
Chief Adkins, who will oversee the fire department’s 16 employees, began his fire service career with the Paris, Kentucky Fire Department in 1998. He was hired by Fire Dept. of Bellevue-Dayton in 2014, where he rose through the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, and Captain. Chief Adkins also served as the department’s EMS Coordinator for six years, and is the first Fire Chief in the history of the fire department to be certified as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
“Our two cities are fortunate to have such a talented individual leading the fire department,” said Board Chairman Jeff Haas. “Chief Adkins is a natural leader - a professional who is passionate about the cities and the fire service,” he said.
Submitted by: Karen Strickley
The next FDBD fire board meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 at the Bellevue Callahan Center. THE PUBLIC IS ALWAYS INVITED.
Submitted by: Karen Strickley, Secretary
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