Governor Rick Snyder announced on Friday that Kevin Sehlmeyer of Rockford will act as the new state fire marshal.

“Kevin brings years of experience to this role and I am confident his knowledge in this field will give him an advantage as he works to better protect Michiganders,” Snyder said.

The state fire marshal is responsible for leading the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), serving as a member of the State Board of Mechanical Rules and as an ex-officio member of the Fire Fighters Training Council and State Fire Safety Board.

Sehlmeyer served more than 30 years on the Grand Rapids Fire Department -- he was deputy fire chief in his final two years before retiring in January 2016. Before joining he GRFD, Sehlmeyer was a crash rescue firefighter for the Michigan Air National Guard.

He replaces the current state fire marshal, Karen Towne. His appointment is effective April 24, 2017.

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