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Administration & Finance

Fire Chief

David Howard


Dave Howard began his fire service career in 1985 with the Iona McGregor Fire District. Dave has advanced through the ranks including Engineer/Apparatus operator, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief of Prevention, and his current position as Fire Chief. Dave currently holds numerous industry specific certifications as well as a fire science degree and a Master’s Degree in Administration. In addition, Dave has recently completed the Certified District Managers program through Florida State University.

Assistant Chief

Seth Comer


Seth Comer began his career with the Iona-McGregor Fire District in February of 1999, as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He was promoted to Engineer in December of 2003, and then to Lieutenant in March of 2007. He was promoted to the Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Fire Training in May of 2010. He now proceeds as second in command for the fire district as Assistant Chief.

Seth has completed the National Fire Academy’s Training Program Management curriculum, holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management, and a Master’s degree in Administration. Seth has also recently attained the Certified District Manager (CDM) designation from the Florida Association of Special Districts.

Seth spent several years on the Southwest Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Six team, holds technician level certification in multiple technical rescue disciplines and has managed the dive rescue training for several years. Seth holds certifications through Dive Rescue International as a Public Safety Scuba Instructor, Dive Rescue One instructor, and Dry Suit Instructor.

Seth is married to Jill and together they have two beautiful children, Carleigh and Gavin.

Compliance Director

Cynthia Zinger, S.P.H.R.


Cynthia Zinger, S.P.H.R., has served the Iona McGregor Fire District since 2003, beginning as the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief. Currently she holds the position of HR and Administrative Compliance Director, assisting the Chief and Deputy Chief in District Administration, as well as serving as Human Resource Director. She is heavily involved in the Lee County Fire Chiefs’ Employment Testing Cooperative as well as local and national Human Resources organizations.

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Winzenread


Mark Winzenread, CPA, joined the Iona McGregor Fire District as Finance Director in August of 2013. Mark is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has held positions as Corporate Controller and Area VP in the private sector. In the fifteen years prior to joining the Iona McGregor Fire District, Mark worked for an independent CPA firm as audit manager specializing in audits of local governments. Mark and his wife Kim have three children and three grandchildren.

Finance Administrative

Jennifer Connolly


Jennifer  Connolly relocated from northern Indiana in November 2017 to accept the Finance Assistant position with the Iona McGregor Fire District.  She is a graduate of Indiana University and has over 25 years of accounting experience.  She and her husband Paul have two children and one grandchild.