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Posted on: September 14, 2021

East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas Announces New East Lansing Fire Chief

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas has announced the selection of Dawn Carson to serve as the new chief of the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD), effective Monday, Sept. 20. ELFD Chief Carson has served with ELFD since 1994 and has been serving as interim chief of the department since former ELFD Chief Randy Talifarro’s retirement in June 2021.

“In Chief Carson’s 27 years with ELFD, she has proven to be a dedicated professional who has risen through the ranks of the department as a result of her high standard of service and leadership,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “In her time as interim chief, Chief Carson has proven that she is ready to step into this important leadership role and we have the utmost confidence in her ability to effectively lead the department in serving East Lansing’s residents.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue on in my long career with the City of East Lansing, serving as the first female chief of ELFD,” said Chief Carson. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of East Lansing in this new capacity.”

Chief Carson has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Siena Heights University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. She also has received several certificates of completion as well as education and training from Lansing Community College, the State of Michigan and FEMA in the fields of emergency medical services, firefighting and search and rescue. During her career with ELFD, Chief Carson was promoted to lieutenant in 2011, captain in 2013 and deputy chief in 2016.

An official swearing-in ceremony for Chief Carson will take place at East Lansing City Council's meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. 

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