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Keith Gautreau

Keith Gautreau's career with the City of Portland Fire Department, which began in 1995, exemplifies the qualities and characteristics embodied in the Robert B. Ganley Service Award. His career progression with the Fire Department follows a path of increasingly more responsible leadership roles, as he moved from Firefighter to Fire Lieutenant in 2003, followed by a promotion to Fire Captain in 2008, a promotion to Deputy Fire Chief in 2014, and most recently, his promotion to Assistant Fire Chief in 2015.

Keith received multiple nominations for this year's Ganley Award from his fellow colleagues. His service to the City was described by the following statements, which were included in his nominations for this award.

Keith's most prevalent trait is his concern and support of the members of the Fire Department. He truly understands that it is his responsibility to support those who work for him, and to give them the tools and information they need to perform their job to the best of their ability. He has attended off site training sessions at his own expense to augment existing skills and gain new ones that he shares with the Department. He has dedicated himself to the City at each rank he has held and has always given of himself and shown what leadership can be. Keith has a heart for others in need, and he is a giver. He gives of himself daily to others to help them improve.

Keith has a great ability to work with people, to seek compromise, and to solve problems while holding himself and those around him to a high standard. He is always active in Department fundraisers, and supports members in need by being a member of the Peer Support Team. Not only is he an asset at the Fire Department, but he is also an active member of his community. He is a soccer and baseball coach for local youth programs and has been involved with Wreaths Across America for years. 

For his entire twenty-plus years of service, he has been a fire service educator, including being a primary instructor at the Department's Fire Academies since 2000. He also delivers many instructional programs throughout the year, both for the Department and the public, which demonstrate his dedication to educating the public on the importance of fire safety. He has spent a great deal of time organizing public events for the Fire Department and the public to participate in. He is highly dedicated to service delivery, working on the street every day. 

It was not an easy decision for Keith to pursue the career advancement to Assistant Chief, as he knew this would mean that both his career and his personal life would change significantly.
Keith was the Deputy Chief in charge at the tragic Noyes Street fire. The consequences of that fire drove him to consider being promoted into a position where he would be overseeing the Fire Prevention Bureau. He ultimately chose to pursue the Assistant Chief role because he wanted to use his skills and abilities to make a positive impact on Fire Prevention and Safety in the City. 

Keith has been the driving force in designing and implementing the Fire Department's new inspection program. He is dedicated to making sure that Portland has safer housing. He has gone about this by working with property owners to make sure they make improvements to their properties that both have impact and are realistic. He also works hand in hand with employees from across other City departments on planning, zoning, permitting, and housing safety issues. He has built great relationships with employees across all levels of City government. 

After announcing his  selection as the award recipient and describing the reasons for his selection, Chief David Jackson and City Manager Jon Jennings presented Keith with the Ganley Award itself,  and a certificate granting him a week off with pay. At Keith's request, Jon Jennings presented the $250 gift card that goes along with the award to Keith's two sons who were in attendance, along with his wife Stephanie and other family members including his parents.