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Posted on: February 12, 2018

Les Kenworthy Appointed as Twin Falls City Fire Chief

The Twin Falls City Council approved the City Manager’s recommendation on Monday Feb. 12 to appoint Les Kenworthy as the Fire Chief for the City of Twin Falls Fire Department.

Kenworthy was born and raised in the Seattle area and most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Mercer Island Fire Department in Mercer Island, Wash. He was selected from a pool of 32 applicants from 17 states that include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. A selection team comprised of city firefighters and staff, as well as council members, interviewed 10 of the 32 applicants via video conference in December. From the 10 applicants, six were selected for in-person interviews in early January.

Kenworthy started as a resident firefighter when he joined the King County Fire District in 1977. He later joined the Mercer Island Fire Department in 1980 where he served for more than 37 years overseeing department operations, training divisions, and management of the Fire Marshal’s Office. Kenworthy also served as Training Chief with the East King County Fire Departments Training Consortium, a member of the King County Fire Chiefs Association, Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency (EPSCA), Fire Liaison with the Central Puget Sound Transit Authority, and a member of Washington State Fire Chiefs.

Kenworthy has been married for 36 years and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with community leaders in Twin Falls and I sensed a genuine desire from each person to deliver quality services to all residents,” Kenworthy said. “They are professional and supportive and work together as a team with surrounding communities. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with this team to develop visions and goals for the future.”