City Manager Greg Porter has appointed Richard L. Davis, Jr. as Chief of the Fire Department. Davis previously served as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Austin Fire Department, where he has served in numerous capacities for more than 30 years.
“I am honored to be your next fire chief. It is my privilege to work with an outstanding team of dedicated individuals from the Cedar Hill Fire Department whose values of respect, integrity, courage, and honor are part of everything they do. Their commitment to premier customer service is nothing short of outstanding. I am humbled to be part of a great organization. My vision is to continue the trajectory toward excellence and build a better tomorrow that coincides with operational effectiveness, inclusiveness, innovation, and community service, which is the heartbeat of a thriving community”.
Throughout his career in the Austin Fire Department, Davis has served in many facets of fire, including Medical Operations, Fire Operations, Wellness, Fire Prevention, Investigations, Wildfire, Recruiting, Human Resources, Community Outreach, and overseeing the Fire Cadet Training Academy.
Davis holds a Master of Science in Executive Fire Service Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Management/Marketing, and an Associate of Science in Logistics Management. In addition, he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officers Program. Davis is an eight-year United States Air Force veteran who served during the Gulf War in support of Desert Storm and Desert Shield; he continues wearing two uniforms, serving his country as a military reservist, and being a fire department member.
Davis began his duties as Fire Chief on January 16 and will be sworn in at City Council on Tuesday, January 23.