Mayor Jean Stothert has selected Bernard Kanger as Chief of the Omaha Fire Department.   Kanger has serviced as interim chief since August 27, 2013.  "Chief Kanger shares my goals for excellence in public safety and administration of the Omaha Fire Department," said Stothert.  

In a release from Mayor Stothert's office praises Chief Kanger for taking the responsibility to control costs and prevent another multi-million dollar budget deficit.  He also started a number of initiatives following recent fire tragedies.  

Kanger joined the Omaha Fire Department in 1991 as a firefighter.  He was serving as Battalion Chief when Mayor Stothert named him interim Chief.