City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed Winchester Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Kensinger as the City’s new full-time Emergency Management (EM) Coordinator. Assistant Chief Kensinger is currently transitioning into this new role.
“Even though Scott will no longer be directly involved with fire and rescue, he will remain an important part of the City’s public safety team,” stated City Manager Eden Freeman. “Scott’s knowledge, skills and experience make him a great fit for this position. I sincerely appreciate all of Lynn’s the hard work and dedication over the past four decades in his various public safety roles. He leaves very big shoes to fill but I am confident Scott is up to the task.”
Mr. Kensinger began his career in fire and rescue as a volunteer and after two years was hired as a career firefighter by the City of Winchester in 1995. Mr. Kensinger has an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is also a 2018 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program offered by the United States Fire Administration and National Fire Academy.
For the past 39 years, the City’s emergency management functions were handled on a part-time basis by Lynn Miller. Mr. Miller retired as the Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief in 2005 (internal appointment in 1980) and continued as the Emergency Management Coordinator on a part-time basis until this week. In 2016, Mr. Miller was appointed as the Winchester Parks and Recreation Director and will continue in this capacity.
“Firefighters and EMS professionals tend to immerse themselves in continuous training,” stated Mr. Kensinger. “I look forward to utilizing that training with my new role in Emergency Management and continue helping the community prepare for disasters and emergency situations.”
“This will be the first time in 57 years that I haven’t been associated with public safety,” stated Mr. Miller. “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the community and I know Scott will do a great job.”