308-385-5444 Ext. 220 (Fire Administration)
Cory was born in St. Paul, NE. After briefly living in Alda and Grand Island, his family returned to St. Paul. Shortly after graduating from St. Paul High school, Cory enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served four years as a fire protection specialist. In the USAF, Cory gained the foundation needed to continue his career in the fire service.
After his discharge from the military, Cory was hired by the Grand Island Fire Department in 1996. In 2000, Cory was promoted to Fire Captain. While working at the GIFD, Cory earned an Associate degree in Fire Protection Technology from Southeast Community College and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration/Management from Peru State College. In 2012 Cory was promoted to Fire Chief.
Cory and his wife Wendy enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors.
Chief Schmidt's favorite quote is "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-