Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

October 15, 2013

City names new interim fire chief

By CLINT FOSTER

As citizens of Mineral Wells continue to recover after the passing of Robin Allen on Sept. 21, the City of Mineral Wells is doing its due diligence to fill the void she left as the Mineral Wells Fire Chief. City Manager Lance Howerton named Mike Pool interim chief of the department.

Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joel Thompson highly recommended Pool, a 30-year veteran of Haltom City Fire/Emergency Medical Services. Pool – who was a lieutenant when he retired from Haltom City – lives in Weatherford, which factored into Howerton's decision.

"We were looking for someone who not only had command experience, but also someone who might be rather conveniently located to Mineral Wells," Howerton said. "I felt that Mike would be a good candidate for us to look at to serve in an interim capacity. Certainly the recommendation Joel Thompson made was significant in making that decision. I think he'll be able to do an extremely good job."

Pool said he is eager to get back into a firefighting role after his retirement in 2012.

"It excites me," he said. "It's a challenge. I'm just here to help. I'm a second-generation firefighter. It's just something that's kind of in my blood."

Howerton said the city is in the process of advertising statewide for a permanent chief. He added Pool will not be excluded from being a candidate for the position of permanent chief, but the city wants to be as thorough as possible in their search to replace Allen.

"We're doing a rather broad and exhaustive solicitation to see what kind of interest there may be in this particular position," he said. "Hopefully that will give us the opportunity to identify the best candidate over the long-term."

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read