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Jim Leffler

Assistant Chief Chagrin Falls Fire Department


Jim Leffler joined the Fire Department in 1977 following in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Bill Raymond, a long-time Assistant Chief and the last volunteer Chief of the Department. He is a graduate of Kenston High School and Miami University. He became a full-time firefighter with University Heights in 1978 and retired at the rank of Captain with the city in 2013. He continued to serve with Chagrin Falls as a volunteer, and then as one of the first EMS personnel when the department took over that service in 1988. With the retirement of Chief Jack Phillips, he became Chief of Department in 1996 and served in that position until January, 2008 when he stepped down to his current position as Assistant Chief. Jim lives in Auburn Lakes with his wife, Leslie, who also serves as the department’s Executive Assistant. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. His son, Jimmy, also serves with Chagrin Falls as a Lieutenant and as a career Lieutenant with Beachwood. His younger son, Scott is currently an anesthesiology resident with Banner Medical in Gilbert, Arizona.