Great Lakes Division

International Association of Fire Chiefs

2023 Fire Chief of the Year


Congratulations to Chief Johnny Menifee of the Southfield Fire Department, MI on being named the 2023 Great Lakes Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Chief of the Year!

Incoming President Chief B.J. Jungmann and Outgoing President Chief Pat Parker presented the award to Chief Menifee at the FRI conference in Kansas City, MO.


This award, the most prestigious honor the IAFC’s Great Lakes Division can bestow upon its chief fire executives, was conceived to recognize truly outstanding fire chiefs whose actions and leadership serve as an example for all other chief fire executives throughout the Great Lakes states.

Click HERE to view the award criteria and nomination process.

Past Chief of the Year Recipients

2022 • Chief Mike Connelly • Evansville Fire Department, IN
2021 • Chief Steve Pegram • Goshen Township Fire Department, OH