Tyler getting new fire chief

Tyler's City Council announces new fire chief.
Tyler's City Council announces new fire chief.

Released by The City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX - At the City Council meeting Jan. 26, City Manager Mark McDaniel announced the appointment of Tyler's new fire chief, Tim Johnson.

Johnson has served the Tyler Fire Department for nearly 30 years. He began his firefighting career in 1981 and progressed through the ranks of firefighter, driver, captain, senior captain, and district chief. He has also served as chairman of the firefighter's pension fund for the last 17 years.

"Chief Johnson's technical knowledge of professional firefighting, combined with his leadership skills, make him a natural choice for Tyler's next fire chief," added City Manager Mark McDaniel. "It is gratifying to be able to promote from within the organization."

Johnson was promoted to Fire District Chief in 2008, holds a Master Certification through the Texas Fire Commission, and has earned ten certifications in firefighting, including: Instructor Certificate, Hazardous Materials, Technical Rope Rescue, Extrication, High Angle Rescue, Confined Space, Incident Command, Incident Management, and Hurex/Hurricane Training.

In addition to Johnson's experience as a firefighter, he has served as the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Mabank for six years, been on the Mabank City Council, serves on the Mabank Economic Development Corporation, and served on the Mabank School Board.

"I am so pleased that we have selected a candidate that has a long history of service to the City of Tyler," said Mayor Barbara Bass. "The depth of experience that Chief Johnson brings to the City will be a tremendous asset to us and will continue the department's excellent service to Tyler."