Donna Maize to lead Kansas City's fire department

November 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm
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Kansas City, MO - A woman will lead the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department for the first time in its more than 150-year history.

The KCMO City Manager announced that Donna Maize, serving as interim chief since September, would be elevated to the position of Fire Chief full time.

“I think my best asset is the fact that I am pretty good at being collaborative with other people,” Maize said when she was named interim chief.

.@KCMOManager Troy Schulte is dropping the “interim” from Fire Chief Donna Maize’s title & handing her the job, effectively making her the first woman to hold the position in #KansasCity. She has been acting fire chief since Sept. 8. Read more: https://t.co/gfJIn0HPLU. #KCMO pic.twitter.com/rNciRwSxR0

— Kansas City, MO (@KCMO) November 20, 2019

Maize is a 26-year veteran of the department, and most recently served as the assistant city manager for public safety.

“I thrive on the positivity I receive daily from the department and see a renewed sense of purpose in our responders,” Maize said.

In historical move, Kansas City drops 'interim' tag and makes Donna Maize city's first female fire chief https://t.co/3HNGUccxAx via @fox4kc

— KCFD (@KCMOFireDept) November 20, 2019

Her father previously served with the department. Maize joined in 1992 and moved through the ranks from firefighter to assistant fire chief.

“Chief Maize is clearly a great leader, and has proven her abilities in every job she’s had,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “As a second-generation KCFD firefighter, she understands the legacy and tradition, while bringing modern management skills to the department.”

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