County Commission thanks Fire Chief Hodgdon for 34 years of service

Hodgdon, center, receiving his special recognition at the County Commission meeting.

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.