Eudora, KS, Release August 12, 2021. For immediate release.
The City of Eudora announced today that Ken Keiter, the City’s Fire Chief, has decided to retire effective October 14.
Ken’s career in public service began in 1980 when he joined the Gardner Rural Volunteer Fire Department. He was hired by the Olathe Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT in 1981, and was later promoted to Captain – Station Commander in 1987, and Battalion Chief – Shift Commander in 2000. Keiter retired from the Olathe Fire Department in 2012 with a cumulative 31 years of service to the organization. Ken has been with the City in his current role as Fire Chief since 2013. During his tenure with Eudora, Ken worked to improve Eudora’s ISO rating, advocated for a new emergency medical services vehicle, acquired a new fire engine for the department, and established the City’s first part-time firefighter program.
“I thank the City of Eudora for allowing me to serve as their Fire Chief,” says Keiter. “I would especially like to thank each and every one of the dedicated volunteer Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics who are the backbone of Eudora’s Volunteer First Responder program. My heart will always be that of a first responder with a strong desire to help those in need. It will be difficult to leave, but it’s time to move on and enjoy the next phase in life.”
Ken intends to retire with plans to travel and enjoy volunteer opportunities. Ken and his wife will be celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary within a few days of his retirement. “I have many friends who are retired, and ALL of them highly recommend it,” Keiter jokes.
A retirement reception recognizing Ken’s service to the Eudora community to be announced at a later date.
Assistant City Manager, City of Eudora, KS
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