Bettendorf's New Fire Chief Sworn In

September 19, 2023 - Swearing In Ceremony of Fire Chief Troy Said


The City of Bettendorf is excited to announce that Troy Said is becoming the new Fire Chief of the Bettendorf Fire Department. The Bettendorf City Council approved his promotion on September 5, 2023.

“I am prepared through my years of experience and have solid knowledge and understanding of fire science and rescue,” said Said. “I am dedicated to working alongside my team and have developed positive relationships through my hands-on leadership approach which has driven a culture of excellence.”

No stranger to Bettendorf Fire, Said is currently the Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal and is responsible for running the daily operations of the department. He has placed priority on strengthening the talent of the department shifts by assessing staff members’ individual abilities and restructuring crews to ensure each shift has an optimal skill mix. He also advanced efforts for training and safety. As Assistant Chief, Said also has the responsibilities as the Fire Marshal focusing on safe building construction and overall life safety codes for individuals who live, work, and visit the buildings within the City of Bettendorf.      

Said is a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and attended the University of Iowa. He started his career with Bettendorf Fire as a Volunteer Firefighter in 1992 and accepted a full-time professional position with the department in 1994. He served as a Firefighter until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and then became Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal in 2019.

“During the past few years, I have gained a greater appreciation of the value of collaboration with external organizations such as healthcare partners, private and public organizations, Scott County organizations, and regional fire and police departments,” said Said. “The camaraderie with these organizations and others will only strengthen our ability to serve our community and keep our citizens safe.”

Said takes over for Fire Chief Steve Knorrek, who is retiring on September 8, 2023 after 5 years as Chief and 40 years with Bettendorf Fire. He will be officially sworn in during City Council’s Regular Meeting on September 19th at 7pm.

“Troy has had a very distinguished career under the tutelage of our last two Fire Chiefs,” said Decker Ploehn, City Administrator. “I’m certain he’ll take Bettendorf Fire to the next level as our City grows and prospers.”