The Johnson County Board of Commissioners last week took a moment to provide special recognition to Phil Hodgdon, the Consolidated Fire District No. 2 chief who retired last month after 34 years of service.
Hodgdon began as a volunteer firefighter in Mission in 1979, and started full-time in 1986. He became Battalion Chief in 1996 and Fire Chief in 2007.
Community members had the opportunity to thank Hodgdon for his service to northeast Johnson County at a reception in April — after which, Commission Chair Ed Eilert noted, Hodgdon took full advantage of his “retired” status.
“Setting outside in the parking lot was a travel trailer,” Eilert relayed to the commission. ” He left immediately the next meeting. That’s a real planned retirement opportunity.
Gary Lamons has been promoted to Fire Chief upon Hodgdon’s retirement.