Festus fire chief is elevated to full-time, paid job

  • Source: Leader Publications
  • Published: 10/07/2019 01:00 PM

Kevin Cremer, who has served as the Festus fire chief as a volunteer since 2016, no longer will receive a small stipend, but instead will soon be paid a full-time salary for the job. Mayor Sam Richards promoted Cremer to the full-time, paid position at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting. He officially takes over the job on Oct. 14, when he will see his $12,000 stipend for serving as volunteer chief increase to a $61,100 annual salary for the full-time position. “He’s been doing a great job as chief in a volunteer position,” Richards said. “That’s why we offered him the (full-time) position.” Cremer, 46, of Festus said he already has given notice to leave his current job as a dispatcher in St. Louis County. He is the city’s second full-time chief. However, his predecessor, Chuck Boyer, who became the first Festus full-time chief in 2012, was classified as a volunteer in that position and instead was paid $48,921 for the full-time position of fire inspector.


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