The Cedar Falls City Council will be considering John Zolondek for appointment to Fire Chief during the Council meeting on June 5, 2023.
Zolondek has been part of the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department since 2007 serving as a POC Firefighter, Public Safety Officer, Investigator, Lieutenant, Captain, and is currently the Acting Fire Chief. Previously he was a firefighter with the Winona Fire Department in Minnesota. Zolondek is a graduate of Saint Ambrose University and holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. He also served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 2002 to 2008 and is a Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His certifications include Iowa Peace Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Firefighter, NR-EMT, Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, and Fire Inspector.
Following an interview process that included two finalists selected from a total of 11 applicants, Mayor Rob Green, City Administrator Ron Gaines, and Public Safety Director Craig Berte recommended Zolondek for the Fire Chief position.
The City will continue to provide updates to the community as the selection process moves forward.