Kingman honors retired fire chief, welcomes his successor

The City Council presented Chuck Osterman, the longtime former chief, with a certificate of appreciation for his nearly four decades of service.

The City Council presented Chuck Osterman, the longtime former chief, with a certificate of appreciation for his nearly four decades of service.

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council bid a fond farewell to longtime Fire Chief Chuck Osterman at Tuesday's meeting and formally welcomed his replacement with a pinning ceremony.

Brenda Rhoads pinned her husband, Jake Rhoads, who took over the department Osterman was part of for more than 38 years.

Other firefighters were also pinned, including Michael Stapleton, who was promoted to captain in November; Marc Johnston, who was promoted to engineer the same month; and new hire Joey Kyzer.

The City Council also recognized a number of employees for their years of service, including Chris Ackerman, an operator at the Wastewater Department, for 15 years of service; Kingman Police officer Dennis Miller, 10 years; Kingman Fire engineer Tanner Miller, 10 years; and Mauricio Pichardo-Lopez, a golf course groundskeeper, 5 years.

Sixteen other employees also received certificates of appreciation for their years of service.