Meet Craig Faith
He has known that he has wanted to serve his fellow man since watching episodes of “Emergency” as a young man.
And for the past 30-plus years, he has realized his dream – working for each of the emergency services branches
in different capacities and in different areas of the country. He has been a leader for his team and the citizens
he has served in a number of emergency situations, including hurricanes, tornadoes and man-made disasters.
Today he is working to achieve yet another dream – to serve his friends and neighbors of District 2 as a member
of the Lee’s Summit City Council.
In his efforts to serve others, Craig often put his personal safety and well-being at risk. However, he always
thought about his crew and the other people he was working with to come up with strategies that would provide the
Beyond the high-stress situations, Craig again exhibits strong leadership skills, proving time and again his ability
to be a fair, conscientious and budget conscious manager. His varied experience, level-headedness and quick thinking also
has made Craig the “go to” man for both state and national issues affecting the emergency services industry. Craig is
frequently called upon to be a contributor and advocate for emergency services policies and procedures at the state and
national level. In addition to frequently testifying in Jefferson City, Mo., Craig also travels to Washington, D.C. During
a recent trip, Craig spent three days meeting with members of Congress and key congressional aides to discuss legislative
issues critical to his industry.
Craig is also known as a “bridge builder.” In recent years, he has helped his long-time employer, John Knox Village,
forge strong relationships with a variety of local, state, regional and national public service organizations, which has
enhanced the Village’s ability to serve its residents as well as members of surrounding communities.
Outside his successful career, Craig has channeled his passion for helping others into the legislative arena. He is
taking a hands-on approach to solving issues that affect both the industry and the people he serves by working with elected
officials in various capacities.
- Craig routinely testifies at legislative meetings about issues affecting emergency services professionals as well as the
people they serve, including older adults. “It is important to balance fiscal responsibility on the part of the provider with
preservation of reimbursement streams. This is the only way to sustain the viability of the EMS safety net for our nation.”
- In March 2013 and September 2013, Craig continues with other members of the American Ambulance Association and key Congressional
members in Washington DC to advocate for the Medicare Ambulance Access Act of 2013 (S. 1405) that will affect reimbursement for EMS
- Craig continues to work with Missouri lawmakers to help pass a bad debt bill (HB234) that could help ambulance services across
the state to annually collect $5 million to $9 million from patients who are capable – but unwilling – to pay service bills.
- Craig, along with several advocates nationwide, was instrumental in passing a bill into law that provides federal death
benefits for families of emergency medical personnel who work for private companies if they are killed in the line of duty.
Awards & Recognition
Craig’s passion for serving people and doing the right things are what drive every action. And his peers and representatives
from regional and national organizations are taking notice.
- 2013 – Craig was the only emergency medical services professional from the Greater Kansas City Area to receive the
“Star of Life Award,” the highest honor an Emergency Medical Service worker can receive from the American Ambulance Association.
- 2011 – Craig graduated from the Citizens Leadership Academy provided by the City of Lee’s Summit.
- 2011 – After completely reworking the John Knox Village Public Safety Department (which consists of transportation,
dispatch, security and emergency medical services) Craig and his team were named “Service of the Year” by Missouri LeadingAge.
- 2011 – Craig was selected for the “Jerry Love Leadership Award” by his professional peers while attending a certification course
offered through the American Ambulance Association.
- 2010 – Craig graduated from Leadership Lee’s Summit, a nine-month program that enables participants to add to their skill
base and gather knowledge about all aspects of the City of Lee’s Summit.
Craig and his wife, Myra, have seven children between them, including:
- Jason Garrison (Independence, MO)
- Jacob and Cassie Garrison (United States Navy, Hawaii)
- Jonathan and Danielle Faith (Springfield, MO)
- Drew and Lori Collins (Linn, MO)
- CJ Carlile (Lenexa, KS)
- Chad Faith (Columbia, MO)
- Alyssa Faith
He is also the proud grandfather of:
- Evan Garrison
- Shay Garrison
- Seiger Chapman
Craig has dedicated his life and career to public service. In addition to volunteering as a first responder and neighborhood
watch coordinator, he also has participated in a number of government and civic committees and initiatives.
- 2013 to present: Lee’s Summit 360 Implementation
- Co-chair of Local Government KPA
- 2011 to present: Lee’s Summit Livable Streets Advisory Committee
- Vice chair, 2012
- Chair, 2013
- 2009 to present: Missouri EMS Region A Council
- 2008 to present: Missouri EMS State Advisory Council Education Sub-Committee
- 2008 to present: Missouri EMS State Advisory Council Legislative Sub-Committee
- 2005 to present: Area wide strategic emergency preparedness
- 2003 to 2005: Strategic National Stockpile Distribution Coordinator