The primary focus of the department’s administration is management of the business functions of the department and providing oversight support of the other divisions. Budget development and management, personnel, operational analysis, health & safety, policy & guideline development, records and reports, emergency management, and strategic planning are functions of the division.
The division is staffed by the Fire Chief and Health & Safety Program Manager. Clerical support positions (Teresa Bown (Public Safety Clerk) and Kelly Hoag (Dispatcher) are shared with the Police Department.
Chief Terry Kluge was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Lapeer in October of 1996. He began his fire service career as volunteer firefighter in Washington State in 1977. In 1983, he was hired as a fulltime firefighter, and held positions as an Apparatus Driver/Operator, Captain, Fire Inspector and Assistant Fire Chief before taking a position as the fire chief of a countywide department in Kentucky in 1995.
John Murphy is the department’s Health & Safety Program Manager. HSM Murphy has been a firefighter for over 10 years and was appointed to his current position in 2013. He is responsible for all aspects of the department’s personnel health and safety program.