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for  Cleveland County Commissioner

leadership • experience • service


Kevin S. Gordon

Gaston County Emergency Manager
Fire Chief Emeritus, Waco Fire Department
Retired Deputy Chief, Charlotte Fire Department, and Past President of the NC Firefighters' Association

 Dedicated, experienced leader with a proven history of providing strategic direction, operational management, best practices, and service excellence.

"I view public service as a calling, which I have embraced for more than three decades..."

- Kevin S. Gordon



Chief Gordon lives in Shelby with his wife Sherry and their Labrador, Ranger.

They have two sons, Alex (Macy) and Zachary (Anne Marie), and one grandchild Elliott James.

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Kevin S. Gordon

Professional Credentials: Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO), and Chief Training Officer (CTO), one of 15 chief fire officers possessing CFO, CTO, and CEMSO designations

Supervision and leadership to all of Charlotte Fire Department Administration and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management

Led the strategic planning division in departmental growth initiatives

Trained 1,200+ employees

Fiscal management for a $127M budget

Liaise with community / state leadership; ensure initiatives are aligned and deadlines are achieved

Certified NC Building Code Official, Certified NC Fire Investigator, and Member of Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE)

Served as Fire Chief of the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department from 1991 until 2017

Joint Legislative Committee Chair for the NC State Firefighters’ Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, securing several key pieces of legislation into session law

Upbeat, friendly, outgoing, organized, and positive leader with a can-do attitude

High energy leader who is strong and consistent while also being collaborative and flexible

Consistently fostering a climate of good government and mutual respect 

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