Robert Frank Westerman is the retired chief administrator of the Kauaʻi Fire Department. He ensured that the fire department and ocean safety bureau employees were highly skilled, well trained, professionally educated, adequately equipped and motivated to provide the best service possible when saving lives and property on Kauaʻi.
His belief in lifelong education was one of the pillars of his administration. He was the first Kauaʻi fire chief to encourage and allow attendance at the National Fire Academy and he also brought back the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification through Kauaʻi Community College.
Westerman earned his MBA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and a BSBA from the University of Phoenix.
He is a Vietnam Veteran retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. His commendations and medals include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.
Westerman also serves as a board member of the Kauaʻi United Way and the West Kauaʻi Business and Professional Association and is a Life Member of the American Legion, Westside Post 51.
He is married to Ann Marie Wooton and they have three children and nine grandchildren.