After 35 years and many great accomplishments, Chief Johnson has retired from the Tyler Fire Department. We wish Chief Johnson well as he steps into this phase of his life. He will undoubtedly enjoy playing more golf, but he will also continue to be active in his community. If you see him around, be sure to thank him for his many years of service.
Assistant Chief Les Schminkey will serve as Interim Fire Chief during the process of selecting a new Fire Chief. Chief Schminkey has served the citizens of Tyler for over 26 years. He progressed through the ranks of Firefighter, Driver/Engineer, Captain and then District Chief. He was recently promoted to Assistant Chief and has been appointed by the City Manager to the Interim Fire Chief position.
Chief Schminkey has exhibited professionalism and dedication throughout his career, making him an obvious choice to lead the department through this transition period. Under his leadership, the department will remain focused on its mission and will continue to provide the quality service that our citizens have come to expect.