Brooklyn Park Approves New Fire Chief
Brooklyn Park officially has a new fire chief. The city council on Monday night approved interim chief Shawn Conway to fill the permanent role.
Conway has nearly 30 years of firefighting experience. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Conway’s experience includes fire chief at Travis Air Force Base and Scott Air Force. He also served with the city of St. Paul and Maplewood fire departments.
The new chief previously served as Brooklyn Park deputy chief of operations before stepping into the interim role. He replaced former Chief John Cunningham, who left in March to become assistant commissioner of emergency services with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
“Chief Conway’s experience and dedication to his colleagues makes him a great fit for our city,” said Brooklyn Park Mayor Hollies Winston in a press release. “He understands how different Brooklyn Park is from other communities and his care for those who call our city home shines through.”
Brooklyn Park has a 54-person staff and has become a full-time department.
According to city officials, Conway served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University.