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Educational Background: B.S., Organizational Communication, Missouri State University; M.S., Administrative Studies, Missouri State University; Graduate Certificate in Public Management, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Professional Affiliations: Chief Pennington is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, IAFC-FSEDI, Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs Association, Queen City Fire Chiefs Association, Region-D Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee.
Community Involvement: Chief Pennington is active throughout the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Springfield Board of Directors, Community Partnership Board, and the Community Investment Panel for the United Way of the Ozarks. He is active in the region as Vice-Chair of the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee, and at the State level as the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs fire service representative to the advisory board for the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC).