Micheal Despain back from retirement to serve as LFR Interim Chief

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced on Friday that Micheal Despain will be returning to Lincoln Fire and Rescue as Interim Fire Chief on July 15. Shortly before the arrival of COVID-19, Despain had retired from his position as Fire Chief after a 35-year career in the fire department.

Micheal Despain will be returning to Lincoln Fire and Rescue as Interim Fire Chief.

At that time, Assistant Fire Chief Pat Borer acted as the interim leader of the fire department as the search process for the next fire chief was underway. Due to the pandemic, a community process to recommend a new fire chief was suspended.

The mayor says she hopes to have a permanent chief by the end of this year.