City Manager selects new Fire Chief

Robert Isbell is currently chief in Midland, Texas; City Council must confirm appointment
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Robert Isbell has served as Fire Chief in Midland for five years.

City Manager Laurie Hadley has selected Robert Isbell, currently Fire Chief in Midland, Texas, to be Round Rock’s next chief.

The City conducted a nationwide search to find a replacement for David Coatney, who accepted the chief’s job in Dallas in June.

Isbell has been Chief in Midland 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.

“We’re thrilled to bring Chief Isbell to Round Rock,” Hadley said. “His experience and skills are a perfect fit for the Fire Department and City executive team. We’ll open two new fire stations in December and will break ground on our first Public Safety Training Facility in November, and I fully expect Chief Isbell to be able to hit the ground running.”

Round Rock currently has eight fire stations and 140 employees.

“My family and I are very excited to be coming to such a great community,” Isbell said. “The Round Rock Fire Department is a strong, community-oriented team and I am humbled to lead such a great group of professionals.”

The City Council is required by Civil Service rules to confirm Hadley’s appointment. That is expected to occur at its regular meeting on Oct. 27. Isbell is expected to start work here on Dec. 12.

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.

Strategic Government Resources assisted the City with the search.

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