by Michele Stevens Bernard
One of life’s greatest pleasures is getting to know the people around us. I mean, really taking that closer look at the actual person behind the job, behind the achievements, behind the community service and public persona. Over the next several weeks, we will do exactly that with some of McKinney’s brightest stars, community leaders and entertainers.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with McKinney’s Fire Chief, Daniel Kistner. On the job since July 2011, Chief Kistner is responsible for our city’s fire safety and emergency management. Before coming to us, he served as the Fire Chief in Lufkin, and before that, was a 26 year employee with the City of Garland where he filled several positions over the years, including Assistant Fire Chief.
He holds a Master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University, and continues to work toward his PhD in Fire Service Admin. A grad of the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy and a Chief Fire Officer designee, the Chief is one of six nationwide, to receive a Harvard fellowship for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the JFK School of Government.
But beyond all that, Chief Kistner, also known as Danny, also known as Daddy, is a family man with a quick wit, and dry sense of humor. I found our time together to be most enjoyable and enlightening. I couldn’t help but notice how the Chief softened when he spoke of his wife and children, or how the weight of the responsibility toward the citizens of McKinney crossed his face as he shared about the work at hand. I was impressed with his self-deprecating humor, and at how sincerely he praised and credited McKinney’s Fire Department personnel as the best around.
For your viewing pleasure, please click on the video below to take a Closer Look at Daniel Kistner