Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Kevin Sehlmeyer as state fire marshal

Friday, April 21, 2017

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Kevin Sehlmeyer of Rockford as state fire marshal. 

“Kevin brings years of experience to this role and I am confident his knowledge in this field will give him an advantage as he works to better protect Michiganders,” Snyder said.  

The state fire marshal leads the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, serves as a member of the State Board of Mechanical Rules, and as ex-officio member of the Fire Fighters Training Council and State Fire Safety Board.

Sehlmeyer is president of Rescue Resources LLC. He served more than 30 years on the Grand Rapids Fire Department and served as deputy fire chief in his final two years before retiring in January 2016. Before joining the Grand Rapids Fire Department, Sehlmeyer was a crash rescue firefighter for the Michigan Air National Guard. Sehlmeyer holds a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University.

He replaces Acting State Fire Marshal Karen Towne. His appointment is effective April 24, 2017, and expires at the pleasure of the governor.