Robert Zickler
-- Kettering Fire Chief

  Robert Zickler was hired as Dayton Fire Chief in 1995 by then city manager Bill Estabrook. But by the time he was sworn in on 1-8-1996 Estabrook had been fired.
  Zickler had ambitious plans for improving his department, but soon ran into budget conflicts between city officials and union firefighters.
  On May 22, 1997 he announced he would resign the Dayton post to become fire chief in Kettering.

Backgrouind on Robert Zickler:

Family: Married to Candace Zickler; no children. .
Education: Received his high school credits at a Catholic seminary, where he was studying to be a priest.
Career: He joined theIndianapolis Fire Department in 1970 and worked his way up through the ranks. He was assistant chief in Indianapolis in 1995 when he was hired as Dayton chief. He was sworn in on Jan. 8, 1996, replacing Ray Hughes, who retired at the end of 1995. On 5-23-1997 he announced his resignation to take the chief's post at Kettering.
Salary: Zickler took a pay cut to take the Kettering post. He was making $77,000 a year as Dayton chief and was hired at just under $70,000 in the Kettering position.

File created: 5-23-1997

Sources:
DDN 12-27-1995, "NEW FIRE CHIEF READY TO ROLL; DOESN'T EXPECT ANY SURPRISES," by Bob Batz
DDN 3-10-1997, "FIRE CHIEF ZICKLER FACING CHALLENGE OF CUTS, CRITICS," by Lou Grieco.
DDN 5-23-1997, "ZICKLER RESIGNS POST," by Laura Bischoff.