Due to retirement systems restrictions, Winchester Fire and Rescue (WFRD) Interim Chief Frank Wright will step down from his post on Tuesday, May 7th. Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman has appointed Emergency Management Coordinator and former WFRD Assistant Chief Scott Kensinger to fill the Interim Chief position until the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief is completed.
“It’s taken longer than anticipated to complete the recruitment process,” stated Ms. Freeman. “This is such an important hiring decision that we want to make sure to take the necessary time to get it right.”
“I’ve enjoyed my second go around as Interim Chief of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department,” stated Interim Chief Frank Wright. “We have a great group of dedicated personnel and volunteers and it has been an honor to be a part of the great work they do day in and day out.”
Scott Kensinger was appointed as the City’s first full-time Emergency Management Coordinator in early April 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Kensinger was the Assistant Chief at Winchester Fire and Rescue Department. Scott began his career with the City of Winchester as a firefighter in 1995.
“I’m honored to be appointed as the WFRD Interim Chief and will do what I can to continue moving the Department forward during this time of transition,” stated Mr. Kensinger.
Mr. Kensinger (pictured below) will take on the role of Interim Chief on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in addition to his Emergency Management responsibilities.