Freeman sworn in as new Cleveland Heights fire chief in City Hall ceremony
William Freeman is Cleveland Heights's new fire chief.
Lt. William Freeman was sworn in as the new Fire Chief for the City of Cleveland Heights on Aug. 27, in City Hall Council Chambers.
Freeman, a 20-year veteran with the Cleveland Heights Fire Department, was the top candidate based on civil service testing, and was recommended by six fire chiefs, including outgoing Chief Kevin Mohr. Mohr served as Cleveland Heights fire chief from 2002 until his retirement at the end of August.
In Cleveland Heights, by charter, the police chief and fire chief are promoted from within, via civil service process, explained Susanna Niermann O'Neil, acting city manager.
"Lt. Freeman has all the qualities needed in a strong fire chief. I have no doubt that he will carry on the traditions of the excellent fire and paramedic services that Cleveland Heights residents have come to expect," said Mayor Ed Kelley.
Freeman had been a lieutenant for seven years, and most recently served as paramedic coordinator for the department, overseeing planning, training and personnel issues. He has been a longtime participant in the Heights Area Special Rescue Team (H.A.S.R.T.).
Freeman, 46 years old, is married and is the father of four sons.
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.