Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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Wally Roberts named new OSFM Chief of Investigations

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Wally Roberts

Wally Roberts has been named the new Chief of Investigations at the Office of the State Fire Marshal, succeeding Rose Rozmiarek who recently retired. His appointment comes 15 years to the month since he first joined the OSFM as an investigator.

During his 15 year career with OSFM, Wally has worked over a thousand fire investigations throughout Kansas. In 2014, he was promoted to Investigation Supervisor and has supervised four investigators in Eastern Kansas.

Wally grew up in California with a dream of becoming a firefighter. Immediately after high school he worked as a volunteer firefighter for the Middletown Fire Department in Lake County, CA followed by a stint with CalFire as a seasonal wildland firefighter. While he was enjoying the life of a firefighter, a friend with the California Highway Patrol got him interested in law enforcement. Wally enlisted with the U.S. Army and served as a military police officer and investigator at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

Following his five years of service at Ft. Riley, Wally went to work as a police officer in Topeka – serving with both Topeka Public Schools and the Topeka Police Department until he was hired by the OSFM in January 2001. He brings to his new position over 34 years of public safety in fire service and law enforcement.

Wally’s career has enabled him to pursue his passion for law enforcement with his childhood interest in working with the fire service.

“I very much enjoy working with the firefighters to help them with their investigations, and speaking with fire victims and helping them through a very difficult time in their lives,” Wally says. “I’m looking forward to mentoring and coaching younger investigators.”

Wally has been married to his wife Carol for 14 years, and they enjoy their blended family of seven children – ages 16 to 26. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading and being active in their church as a deacon.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity this position offers me and am looking forward to leading our Investigations Division and staying on top of the latest advances in investigation procedures and technologies.”