The City welcomed Fire Chief Robert Isbell in a pinning ceremony on Dec. 12, 2016. Chief Isbell is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning of the Fire Department.
Isbell had been Chief in Midland, Texas, since December 2010. He’s also served as Fire Chief in Euless, Texas, and Southlake, Texas. His firefighting career started in Mansfield, Texas, in 1985, where he rose to the rank of Captain.
Isbell holds a master’s degree in executive leadership and a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration, both from Grand Canyon University. He completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and the Certified Public Manager Program at Texas Tech University.
Chief Isbell has been married for 24 years to his wife, Laura, and they have three grown daughters.
Isbell replaces David Coatney, who resigned in June 2016 to take the Chief’s job with Dallas Fire-Rescue.