July 3, 2019

Nominate your Fire Chief for the 2019 Kentucky Chief of the Year

The 2018 KLC Career Chief of the Year, Chief David Howser, Lyndon Fire Protection District, received the award from KLCIS Senior Marketing Agent Howard Rosewell. 

The Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs (KAFC) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Career Chief of the Year.   KLC Insurance Services is proud to again sponsor the award.  Nominations are due August 1, 2019. 

Nomination form.

The awards will be presented on August 21, 2019 at the Annual KAFC Leadership Conference, where both a volunteer and career fire chief from the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be honored. 

Award Criteria

Two awards will be presented on August 21, 2019; one for a career fire chief and one for a volunteer fire chief.
1. A volunteer fire chief is defined as one who earns his or her principal livelihood by some means other than serving as a fire chief, even if the position of chief carries some compensation.
2. A career fire chief is defined as one who earns his or her principal livelihood as a fire chief.
In each category, the status of the fire department as a whole — paid, volunteer or combination — is not considered. Individuals who are eligible for nomination and selection as Fire Chief of the Year are limited to active chiefs of departments.

Selection criteria will emphasize leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions to the fire service as a whole.

All of a nominee's fire service activities and accomplishments will be considered, but, because this is the Fire Chief of the Year award, special emphasis will be placed on the period from July 2018 through July 2019. A nominee's command role at a major emergency incident, while relevant, will not be enough to place that individual into contention for the award.

A cover letter on the nominating organization's letterhead, describing in less than 1200 words the nominee's major accomplishments and why the candidate is being nominated.

Selection process

Each nomination packages will be reviewed by the Executive Board of the Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs. The Executive Board reserves the right to omit an award.


Winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Leadership Conference on August 21, 2019 in Bowling Green Kentucky.


Deadline- must be received by August 1, 2019
Please complete the nomination form and all supporting documentation.

For more information, contact Daniel Castle, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs.