By TYLER MASK
In light of the recent loss of Mineral Wells’ beloved Fire Chief Robin Allen, who passed in September of last year, City Manager Lance Howerton, the City Council and other officials involved in deciding where to go next have taken great care and consideration in selecting her replacement.
During Tuesday evening’s council meeting, Howerton said, “we had a very deep applicant pool to look through. We had an interview panel that included myself, Joel Thompson, who is Deputy Chief for the Haltom City Fire Department, as well as Mike Henderson, who is Battalion Chief with Fort Worth Fire Department.”
After months of consideration, 25 applicants and interviews with a handful of qualified candidates, Mineral Wells has finally welcomed a new Fire/EMS Chief to call this town home.
Acting as Interim Fire/EMS Chief since the passing of Chief Allen, Mike Pool was officially appointed to the position at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, with all present council members voting in favor of Pool’s appointment.
When asked what it was like having to step into Chief Allen’s shoes, Pool said, “There’s no way I could fill Robin’s shoes. I am just going to try to maintain and keep the fire department on the right track and try to move forward. There’s just really no way that you can fill shoes from someone [who] has been here for so many years. She did a fine job.”
Before Chief Pool took the position in Mineral Wells, Pool worked for Haltom City Fire Department for 35 years. Towards the end of his career there, he started a water treatment business and had no plans for further work with a fire/EMS department.
When asked how he felt about the transition so far, Pool said, “[It has been] seamless. Everyone here has been very receptive, they have all welcomed me in and I just feel comfortable.”
In other business, City Council approved:
• All budgeted expenditures over $500 for the Jan. 7 meeting date.
• George, Morgan and Sneed, P.C., Certified Public Accountants to perform auditing services for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014.
• Request from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Community Group LLC to have City pay for water service.
• Resolution authorizing execution of Contract for Engineering Services with Shrickel, Rollins, and Associates, Inc. for paving improvements to S.W. 8th Street.