2022 Fire Chief of the Year


Congratulations to Chief Mike Connelly of the Evansville Fire Department, IN on being named the 2022 Great Lakes Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Chief of the Year!

Chief Pat Parker, the President of the organization, presented the award to Chief Connely as a surprise over a Zoom meeting from the FRI conference in San Antonio, TX.



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

2021 • Chief Steve Pegram • Goshen Township Fire Department, OH