Kevin S. Reardon was appointed Ohio’s 39th State Fire Marshal on June 11, 2020. Prior to becoming State Fire Marshal, Reardon spent nearly six years as director of the Central Ohio Technical College Institute for Public Service & Safety. He has also served on the Ohio Board of Building Standards.
Reardon began his career in the fire service in 1981 with the Columbus Division of Fire, rising through the ranks from firefighter to battalion chief until his retirement in 2013. He also spent 10 years as then-Senator Mike DeWine’s military and veterans’ affairs liaison, and four years as homeland security manager for Battelle.
Reardon received a master’s degree in National Security Studies from American Military University, as well as a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University (OSU). He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Capital University. He was a volunteer and past chairman of the Homeless Families Foundation Board of Trustees and a current member of the OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Council Board of Directors where he mentors graduate students.