Mike Snider

LIBERTY — Liberty Fire Chief Mike Snider will move to take over as Lee’s Summit fire chief by the end of August. Snider told his staff in Liberty on Friday, July 5.

The city of Lee’s Summit announced Snider’s appointment on the same day. Snider will be Lee’s Summit’s ninth fire chief.

Snider currently has more than 23 years of experience, beginning his fire career as a fire specialist/emergency medical technician in 1995.

In 1998, Snider joined the Liberty Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. He moved up through the ranks as captain then deputy fire chief/emergency medical services director before becoming fire chief/emergency management director.

“I’m excited and sad,” Snider said. “It’s bittersweet, but I’m leaving the Liberty department in great shape.”

Snider said he was not looking for anything new, but had the opportunity to speak with the Lee’s Summit team.

“They came to me and I can see a great potential fit for my family and me,” he said. “As for the people here in Liberty, the team is ready to move up and I know the staff will take on the new leadership roles with pride. I will be their biggest cheerleader.”

Chief John Mills has been named interim chief.

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