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, Deputy Chief, Administrative Assistant and Health & Safety Program Manager. The building receptionist position is shared with the Police Department.
Terry Kluge has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Lapeer since October of 1996. His primary responsibilities include department administration, financial management, human resources, and strategic planning. Chief Kluge is a part of the City's management team and maintains relationships with other city, county and state agencies.
Chief Kluge began his fire service career as volunteer firefighter in Washington State in 1977. In 1983, he was hired as a full time firefighter, and held positions as an Apparatus Operator, Captain, Fire Inspector and Assistant Fire Chief. He was appointed the Fire Chief of a countywide department in Kentucky in 1995; the position held before coming to Lapeer.
Steve Stone is the department’s Deputy Chief. In this position, he is responsible for assisting with the overall management of the department, specifically all operations and support functions. Deputy Chief Stone is a part of the department’s management team and maintains relationships with other city, county, and state agencies.
Deputy Chief Stone began his fire service career as a paid-on-call firefighter with the Arcadia Township Fire Department in 1976. He was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter with our department in 1981, and held positions as a lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief prior to being promoted to his current position in 2016.
Teresa Brown is the department's Administrative Assistant. She has served with the department since 1996 and was appointed to her current position in 2018. She is an assistant to the Fire Chief, performing all secretarial and administrative staff duties for the department.