New Southfield fire chief sworn in at city council meeting

Posted at 8:44 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 20:44:01-04

The Southfield City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Southfield Fire Captain Johnny Menifee as the new Fire Chief at the last city council meeting on July 11. 

Menifee has been with the Southfield Fire Department for 23 years. He started in November 1993 as a fire cadet. In his time with the department he has served as a battalion chief, captain, lieutenant, paramedic and as the training and safety officer for the department. 

"Fire Chief Menifee has a strong desire to work with our management team to further the goals and objectives of our elected officials - namely to keep Southfield residents safe and secure," said City Administrator Fred Zorn in a release.

Menifee has a bachelor’s of science degree in public safety from Sienna Heights University as well as a masters and has been invited to be a guest instructor at the university level at Eastern Michigan University. 

"Chief Menifee has a proven track record and a great deal of experience in protecting and serving the public in the city of Southfield," said Mayor Kenson Siver in a release. "He will make a great fire chief and will carry on the high standards of the city of Southfield and the Southfield Fire Department."

The Southfield Fire Department currently has 88 members. The firefighters respond from 5 stations strategically placed around the city. In 2014, they were able to respond to 13,470 calls for service. That averages about 36 calls per day.They remain one of the busiest departments in Oakland County.