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Baltimore County Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III announced today he will retire on December 31, 2018 to begin a new career in the private sector. At the request of County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., he will serve for several months as a transition advisor to the County Executive.

Olszewski has named Assistant Chief Jennifer L. Aubert-Utz to serve as Acting Fire Chief beginning January 1, 2019.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to Chief Preis for his 28 years of service to the residents of Baltimore County,” Olszewski said. “He has provided valuable insight into Baltimore County’s Fire and EMS operations, and I want to thank him for continuing to assist us in the coming months as we work to build a better Baltimore County.”

Chief Preis, 52, informed County Executive Olszewski earlier this week of his decision to retire. He was appointed in 2017 by the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; he replaced John J. Hohman, who retired after a long tenure as Fire Chief. A life member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Chief Preis has served on numerous professional boards including the Maryland EMS Board, which oversees budgets for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Shock Trauma, Maryland State Police Aviation Command and the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

“I truly believe that the Baltimore County Fire Department has given me the most rewarding career one could have,” Chief Preis said.

Assistant Chief Aubert-Utz, 45, is an 18-year Baltimore County Fire Department veteran. She began as a Firefighter/EMT and has held every rank in the Department up to Assistant Chief. Aubert-Utz holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Management with a focus on public safety and leadership. She also earned the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer designation.

“In nearly two decades of service to Baltimore County, Assistant Chief Aubert-Utz has earned the respect of her colleagues and our residents,” Olszewski said. “She has the experience and talent to guide the Department through this transition, and I have great faith in her ability to lead the fire service.”

26-year Department Veteran Assumes Post July 4

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Acting Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III will take the reins as Fire Chief beginning on July 4 since the County Council confirmed his appointment this evening. He will command 1,000 career and 2,000 volunteer members of the Baltimore County Fire Service in fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services operations.

Preis takes over for Chief John Hohman, who retired on June 30 after 40 years of service to Baltimore County. “Chief Hohman has done an outstanding job throughout his distinguished career and I wish him and his family all the best in his well-earned retirement,” Kamenetz said.

Preis started his career with the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1990 as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the Fullerton fire station. Throughout his more than 26 years, Preis has held numerous positions including Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Director of Emergency Medical Services, and in 2012 he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief.  He earned a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from the University of Maryland. He holds the highest level of fire officer certification from the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. A lifelong resident of Baltimore County, he resides in Kingsville.

“I am grateful to be given this opportunity and excited to start the job,” said Preis. “Chief Hohman left an impressive legacy and I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

“Chief Preis is absolutely the right person for the job,” said Kamenetz. “He has excelled as a leader in both the fire suppression side of our fire service as well as in emergency medical services. He combines solid technical skills with a real knack for communication and a collaborative leadership style that drives positive results. Chief Preis is also committed to the continued diversification of our fire department.”

“I have every confidence in Chief Preis’ ability to lead our nationally recognized fire department and continue Chief Hohman’s tradition of excellent service and continuous improvement in department operations,” said Council Chair Tom Quirk.

Chief Preis’ resume is below.

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Baltimore County Fire Department   Towson, MD
Hired: August 27, 1990      26+ years of service

Assistant Fire Chief    June 2012 - present
•  Command 1,000 career and 2,000 volunteer members in the delivery of fire, rescue, and EMS services
•  Command support areas that include EMS Division, Fire Marshal’s Office, Communications Division, Hazardous Materials and Special Operations
•  Plan and implement a budget of over $95 million dollars
•  Work with the local affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters in personnel matters and labor agreement negotiations
•  Work with the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association on administrative issues

Battalion Chief    February 2011 - June 2012
•  Commanded one shift in the eastern battalion (9 career stations, approx. 40 personnel) in the delivery of fire, rescue, and EMS services
•  Functioned as a public information officer

EMS Director    September 2008 – February 2011
•  Oversaw the EMS Division for the department, developing and implementing policy
•  Responsible for delivery of Emergency Medical Services in a county of 810,000 citizens, guiding career and volunteer personnel

EMS Captain    August 2007 – September 2008
•  Commanded one of four shifts for the delivery of EMS for 32 career and 20 volunteer medic units

Fire Captain    July 2006 – August 2007
•  Commanded one of four shifts at the Hillendale Fire Station which housed one engine and one medic unit (8 personnel)

EMS Lieutenant    July 1999 – July 2006
•  Commanded six career and five volunteer medic units for the delivery of EMS

Paramedic    November 1991 – July 1999
•  Function as a Paramedic and Firefighter at the Fullerton, Hillendale, and Perry Hall Fire Stations

EMT   August 1990 – November 1991
•  At the Fullerton Fire Station


Master of Science       Public Safety Administration – 4.0 GPA
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Bachelor of Science    Fire Service Administration – Cum Laude, 3.825 GPA
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

Fire Officer IV, the highest level of officer certification
University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, College Park, MD

Nationally Registered Paramedic (license is current)
Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Appointments and Associations
•  State of Maryland EMS Board Member, appointed by the Governor, 2014 - present
•  Member, International Association of Fire Fighters
•  Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs
•  Life Member, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company
•  Past Board Member, Greater Kingsville Civic Association
•  Past President, St. Stephen School Fathers’ Club
•  Member, Loyola Blakefield Fathers’ Club
•  Member, St. Stephen Church – lifelong

•  Lifelong resident of Baltimore County

Assistant Chief Kyrle Preis Named Acting Fire Chief

Baltimore County Fire Chief John J. Hohman announced today that he will retire as Chief effective June 30.   Hohman joined the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1977, and was appointed Chief in 2000. He is the longest serving Fire Chief in Baltimore County history. 

“I have advised the County Executive that I will be retiring from the Baltimore County Fire Department on June 30. It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore County for the past 40 years,” said Chief Hohman. “I have confidence that the department will continue to excel. I am particularly proud of our success in increasing the number of medic units in service, the financial support for volunteer fire companies, and the number of women and minorities in this organization. The people of this department impressed me every single day.”

“John has been an outstanding Fire Chief and a good friend for many years.  He has led the more than 1,000 men and women of the Baltimore County Fire Department and more than 2,000 volunteers with distinction, making the department one of the finest in the nation,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  “When I was re-elected in 2014, John promised me that he would remain as Chief until he reached 40 years of service. I feel very fortunate that we were able to coax an extra six months out of him. I wish him well as his journey continues.”

Assistant Chief Kyrle W. Preis III Named Acting Fire Chief

With Chief Hohman’s retirement, County Executive Kamenetz has appointed Assistant Chief Kyrle Preis III to serve as Acting Fire Chief effective July 1, and will submit his name to the County Council for confirmation as permanent Chief immediately.

Assistant Chief Preis began his career in Baltimore County as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1990.  More recently, he served as Director of Emergency Medical Services and Battalion Chief, before being promoted to Assistant Chief in June 2012.

“Kyrle is eminently qualified to assume leadership of the Baltimore County Fire Department,” said Kamenetz. “During his 26 years of service he has been involved in every aspect of management, and he has gained the respect of those in and out of the department.”

“I am humbled by my selection and look forward to continuing Baltimore County’s tradition of excellence in the Fire Department,” said Preis.  “I am energized by this opportunity and will build upon our success, particularly our efforts to diversify our ranks.  I thank Chief Hohman for his years of service and for his support throughout my career.”

Revised September 11, 2017