Fire Chief Mike McDonnell Is Retiring

Jennifer Griswold

Fire Chief Mike McDonnell Is Retiring

CREATED Aug. 26, 2013

Omaha, NE - Omaha Fire Chief Mike McDonnell is out. Mayor Jean Stothert has named Battalion Chief Bernard Kanger as interim Fire Chief effective immediately. 

Mayor Jean Stothert's office released a memorandum of understanding between the City of Omaha and McDonnell. It says McDonnell will receive service credit to retire with 25 years of service. He's served just less than 24 years. 

There is a stipulation in the memorandum of understanding. It says if the City Council fails to approve credit for service through the end of October, 2014, the memorandum will be null and void. 

Mayor Stothert has agreed not to layoff any firefighters until at least July 1, 2014 so that the new chief can evaluate the department's needs. She has also agreed to retain three assistant fire chiefs through 2014.

KMTV Action 3 News has reported in the past about the mayor and the fire chief publicly clashing over budget concerns. Watch that story from July 17th here.

We also looked at the history of their feud dating over several years. Watch that story from July 24th here

You can find the Mayor's release on this retirement and the Memorandum of Understanding to the left of this story. 

Bernard Kanger has served on the Omaha Fire Department since 1991. He's been a Battalion Chief for the past seven years.