Thomson Names Interim Fire Chief

The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian Thursday:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Following the announcement that Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore will resign his position at the end of 2023, today Mayor-Elect Kerry Thomson designated Roger Kerr as interim fire chief.

Kerr, who has been with the department since 1988, previously served as its chief from 2008 to 2014. A current battalion chief, Kerr has held the rank of firefighter, engineer, ariel technician and captain over his career. He will assume the position on January 1, 2024.

“Chief Kerr will bring experience and a steady hand to the Bloomington Fire Department, and I am grateful he has agreed to step up once again.” 

As with other department leadership vacancies, Thomson and her team will conduct a search to find the best person possible to fill the fire chief’s position on a permanent basis.

Thomson is a former Bloomington Habitat for Humanity CEO and Executive Director at IU’s Center for Rural Engagement. A long-time Bloomington resident, Thomson was elected Mayor on November 7, 2023.  A graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Thomson is married, and the couple has four children. 

Learn more about Kerry Thomson and her campaign for Mayor of Bloomington at


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