Kokomo Fire Chief Announces Return to Battalion Chief; Deputy Chief Nick Glover to be Sworn In as New Chief

Kokomo Fire Chief Pat O’Neill has announced that he is stepping down as chief effective Wednesday, July 9 2014. Chief O’Neill made a formal recommendation to Mayor Goodnight that Nick Glover, current Deputy Chief, be considered to lead the department. Mayor Goodnight will follow this recommendation and appoint Nick Glover as the new Fire Chief.

O’Neill’s departure ends his five-year tenure atop the department he joined 36 years ago. He will return to the rank of battalion chief to assist Glover until he formally retires from the fire department in January 2016.

“I want to thank Chief O’Neill for his dedication and service to our city,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight.  “O’Neill’s 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. Nick Glover has served as Deputy Chief under O’Neill for two years and has demonstrated the skills necessary to take the Fire Department to the next level in effective service delivery.”

“From the day I started in 1978, I have considered it an honor to serve on the Kokomo Fire Department,” said Chief 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 upmost respect and confidence in Nick Glover. He is the best choice to be the next chief of the KFD.”

Glover has been with Kokomo Fire Department since 1995, serving as EMT, captain, fire inspector and deputy fire chief.

“I’m very grateful to Chief O’Neill for his many years of dedicated service,” said Nick Glover. “I value the work he has done and continues to do on behalf of the department. I look forward to leading the department around its core mission to better serve our community.”

Upon being sworn in to office, Nick Glover will become 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.  In his most recent capacity as Deputy Chief, Glover spearheaded the city’s Code Enforcement and Inspection Services departments.