Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh is wasting no time as he prepares to assume the role as Syracuse’s 54th mayor. He continues to act on his promise to select a staff that reflects the diversity of Syracuse, on Saturday, December 16, Walsh announced the appointment of Michael J. Monds as the new Chief of the Syracuse Fire Department. Monds is a 17-year veteran of the department and currently serves as a lieutenant at Station 10 on East Genesee Street. He will replace Chief Paul Linnertz, who is retiring.
“Michael Monds has earned the respect of the men and women of the Syracuse Fire Department, who are on the front lines protecting the people of our city,” Walsh said. “He grew up on the southside and has remained deeply involved in his community. I have every confidence that he brings the experience and dedication necessary to lead our Fire Department and serve the people of this city with honor.”
Lt. Monds started as a firefighter at Station 9 on the city’s northeast side and also served at Station 6 in downtown. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011 and served at Station 18 on Midland and Seneca Turnpike. He also served in the Training Division and as a member of departmental committees formed to promote recruitment and to resolve human resource issues.
This year Lt. Monds created a Junior Fire Cadet Mentoring Program at Dr. King Elementary School to teach students awareness about fire services and community service to promote careers in public safety.
He is on the board of Syracuse Fire Department Federal Credit Union and is a member of Firefighters of Color United in Syracuse. Lt. Monds is the recipient of several awards including:
Individual citation from the department for life-saving actions at 318 Bruce St. on Jan. 14, 2016.
Level One EMS Award from the department for life-saving actions on Jefferson St. on July 1, 2009.
Hamilton White Brotherhood award [presented to the individual who most advances the brotherhood of firefighters by his or her unselfish devotion to the cause] from the Syracuse Fire Department Federal Credit Union.
The new chief was born and raised in Syracuse. He graduated from Nottingham High School in 1993. Steven Evans, a 20-year veteran of the department, will serve as the First Deputy Fire Chief. He’s served as the District Chief of the department since 2010.
Credit union expert Tim Harrington will keynote the National Council of Firefighters Credit Unions Inc. (NCOFCU) 2018 Annual Conference. He will also address Financial Literacy at the volunteers only session Thursday afternoon, which will help attendees build the skills and knowledge they need to strengthen their credit unions’ bottom lines. The conference will be held September 19-22, 2018 7at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Seattle, WA.
“Tim Harrington is a dynamic speaker whose knowledge and expertise in this industry will help attendees lead their credit unions to new heights,” “With the continuing challenges facing credit unions, it is imperative that board and supervisory committee members have the specific competencies this conference offers so they can help ensure their institutions’ safe, sound operation and competitive standing in the consumer financial services market.”
Author, consultant and speaker Tim Harrington has worked with credit unions in 48 states, two territories, Canada and Mexico. His progressive ideas and broad knowledge of credit union issues has made Tim a valuable resource for credit unions nationwide. Tim has spoken to tens of thousands of credit union volunteers and staff and continues to inspire them to improve their credit unions.
Since 1996, Tim has been President of TEAM Resources, a firm providing consulting, strategic planning, and training to credit unions from coast-to-coast. TEAM Resources’ clients range from a few million in assets to the billions in assets.
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