City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

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The Fire Chief is the head of the Civil Service Fire Department, providing leadership and vision for the fire department staff while serving as a key member of the City's management team. The Fire Chief is a leader in the community, providing Lufkin with high quality, effective and responsive fire and EMS services. The Fire Chief is directly responsible for the department's proper and efficient operation. While supervising, regulating, and managing the department, the Chief has control of all its personnel and activities, including: fire investigations and inspections; fire safety education; fire protection; fire extinguishment; emergency medical services; and other related activities of the City of Lufkin. While the following are essential functions of the position, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. The Fire Chief shall perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the Director of Public Safety or the City Manager, or their designee.


The Fire Chief manages the operations and personnel of the Fire Department, which may include an assistant fire chief, fire marshals, battalion chiefs, captains, lieutenants, drivers, and other firefighters, as well as administrative support staff.


• Direct the administrative and operational activities of the Fire Department including all facets of fire suppression, fire prevention, and emergency medical services to include personnel management, policies, procedures, and safety
• Direct City Fire Marshal staff in the investigation of fires occurring within the city limits which require the expertise of a fire investigator, fire inspections, fire alarm registrations, and revising/updating, in coordination with the City Attorney, city ordinances related to fire and medical services
• Guide, counsel, and discipline department personnel, as necessary
• Assure that departmental operations are performed in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, and codes, and with the policies/procedures of the Fire Department and City
• Prepare, file, and present written and oral studies, reports, and recommendations, as directed by the Public Safety Director, for City, State, and Federal Officials and Organizations
• Plan, prepare, and manage the administration of the Fire Department’s budget, including long-range planning, recommendations for the department’s personnel, equipment, and stations
• Respond to and take command of, as necessary, fire and emergency medical incidents
• Direct the maintenance, repair, improvement, and replacement of firefighting and EMS equipment
• Direct purchasing of supplies and equipment for the department
• Assist the Public Safety Director during emergency management and public safety incidents
• Direct the development and implementation of departmental safety and training programs
• Coordinate assigned duties and activities with other City departments and outside agencies
• Provide staff support to boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of fire and EMS service
• Attend City Council meetings and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items
• Attend State/Federal required training courses
• Perform all other related duties as may be assigned by the Public Safety Director or City Manager, or their designee


• Eligibility for appointment as head of a fire department under §143.013, Texas Local Government Code.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; ten (10) years’ experience as a Fire Department Battalion Chief, or higher rank, will satisfy the Bachelor’s degree requirement.
• At least ten (10) years’ service as a fully paid fire fighter.
• At least five (5) years’ experience as a supervisor, Battalion Chief or higher rank, at a comparable or larger fire department.
• Meet the appointment standards of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), Standards Manual for Fire Protection Personnel, Chapter 449 – Head of a Fire Department.
• Have completed National Incident Management Systems courses 100/200/700/800.
• Valid Driver’s License, with an acceptable driving record. Eligible for TX DL upon appointment.


• Bachelor’s, or higher, degree in Fire Services, Fire Administration, or Public Administration from an accredited college or university.
• Experience working within a civil service system.
• Experience with fire department budgets.
• Graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
• EMS management and experience as a paramedic.


• Master Fire Fighter, Texas Commission on Fire Protection
• Fire Service Instructor, Texas Commission on Fire Protection
• Fire Inspector, Texas Commission on Fire Protection
• Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
• Certified Fire Executive, Texas Fire Chiefs Association
• Fire Service Chief Executive Officer, TEEX
  Equivalent, out-of-state certifications/licenses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis


The City of Lufkin offers a competitive starting salary of $110,000, or more depending on qualifications and experience. The City provides a full range of leave and insurance benefits, and participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) at the 7 percent employee deposit rate with a municipal matching ratio of 2:1.


Please click here for an application form. You must submit an application, resume and a minimum of five (5) professional references by September 16, 2019 at 5:00PM to be considered. Send completed application and additional information to

For more information please contact:

Gerald Williamson
Director of Public Safety
City of Lufkin

The City of Lufkin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.


The City of Lufkin is located in Angelina County, Texas, and serves as the county seat. The City operates under a council-manager form of government with all legislative and policy responsibilities vested in the city council, and all administrative responsibilities vested in the city manager. The city council is composed of a mayor and council members representing six wards.

Located in the beautiful Texas Forest Country, Lufkin is filled with surprises for all ages. Lufkin is conveniently located 120 miles northeast of Houston and 170 miles south of Dallas. With a permanent population approaching 40,000, Lufkin remains peaceful and quaint while serving as a 12-county regional hub for retail shopping, medical facilities, industry, government and much more. As a result, Lufkin’s population expands to 100,000 during the daytime hours.

Lufkin is a city complete with superior bass fishing, top notch golfing, state of the art museums, an outstanding zoo, quality hotels and restaurants, an incredibly charming downtown, and the friendliest people on earth.

Notable attractions include:
• Two 18-hole golf courses, including Crown Colony Country Club, which for over 20 years has been rated as one of the top 10 golf courses in Texas, and Neches Pine Golf Course, located just minutes outside the city limits.
• Outstanding fishing and water recreation. Lake Sam Rayburn, the largest reservoir completely in the state of Texas, with more than 570 miles of shoreline attracts approximately 2 million users each year for the state's best bass fishing, water skiing, camping, and more. The lake is conveniently located near Lufkin and Lufkin's hotels. Lake Livingston, the second largest lake in Texas, is 45 minutes south of Lufkin. Toledo Bend Lake is just east of Lake Sam Rayburn, bordering Texas and Louisiana.
• Texas Forestry Museum, the only one of its kind in Texas, features the industry that made Lufkin possible—forest products.
• The Museum of East Texas explores art and history through exhibits, lectures, performances, classes, and publications. Founded in 1976, the Museum is one of the finest in East Texas.
• Ellen Trout Park & Zoo, with more than 500 animals—one-fourth of which are endangered species, is one of Lufkin's main tourist attractions. With its numerous state and national awards, the accredited Zoo is one of the top zoos in its population category.
• Downtown Lufkin is the site of many eating establishments, unique retail shops, and antique collections. A historic walking tour reveals the history of Lufkin.
• Lufkin is located between the Davy Crockett National Forest and the Angelina National Forest, and the forests provide wonderful backdrop for boating, fishing, and camping.
• Ten public parks provide plenty of recreational opportunities. The parks include, one swimming pool, two spray-and-play pads, two golf courses, and 14 tennis courts.
• Angelina County Airport, a county owned, public use airport, is located 7 miles south of Lufkin on US-59. Angelina County Airport covers an area of 385 acres at an elevation of 296 feet above mean sea level, and has two asphalt paved runways: 7/25 is 5,398 by 100 feet and 15/33 is 4,309 by 100 feet. The airport facilitates general and military aviation.

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Established in 1888, Lufkin Fire Department is a full-service, all-hazards emergency response city department providing fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services transport, a hazardous materials team, fire inspections, fire code enforcement, arson investigation, and public information and education. The department operates from four Fire/EMS stations and a fire administration building, and sees an annual emergency response volume of 10,000 to 12,000 calls. Approximately 90% of calls are for EMS and 10% are fire related, and the department maintains an average, per-call response time of 4 minutes. The department has 81-full-time personnel (79 uniform and 2 civilian office staff). The City of Lufkin is rated Class 2 by the ISO, Public Protection Classification system. Lufkin Fire Department has an annual budget of approximately 8.5 million dollars.

The Fire Chief reports to the Director of Public Safety. Lufkin is a Civil Service city for Police and Fire, as outlined by Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. A Civil Service Commission is responsible for adopting, maintaining, and enforcing rules governing the hiring and promotional process, and serves as a disciplinary appeal board for Civil Service employees. The Commission is comprised of three commissioners appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the Lufkin City Council.

Lufkin Fire Department provides emergency medical services transport within the city limits and throughout Angelina County. Mutual aid is provided to and received from county volunteer fire departments and the neighboring City of Nacogdoches. Lufkin Fire Department also provides community awareness and public fire education to the community. The Fire Chief provides direct supervision and oversight to fire and EMS operations while the Assistant Fire Chief overseas the administrative, fire prevention, and training functions of the department. An Operations Battalion Chief is assigned to each of the three shifts to provide leadership, guidance, and day to day coordination for operational and routine administrative matters. Captains serve as unit officers, while lieutenants serve primarily as apparatus drivers.

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