After more than 31 years of life- and property-saving service to the citizens of McKinney, Asst. Fire Chief Neil Howard will retire on Oct. 31. Howard has accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Rowlett, Texas. He will begin his duties there on Monday, Nov. 4.
Joining the McKinney Fire Dept. (MFD) at the age of 19, Howard has been a key player in the evolution from a small department with both paid and volunteer members to the fully-paid, professional, modern organization he helps to lead. Since 2005, Howard has managed the Administrative Services Division of the MFD, responsible for financial planning and budget management, oversight of hiring, testing, and promotional processes, apparatus and station design, management and maintenance, among numerous other duties.
“Neil has focused on individual and organizational performance, and he has led the MFD through periods of unprecedented growth, organizational change and difficult economic decisions,” commented Fire Chief Danny Kistner. “Chief Howard set the bar high for internal and external customer service and developed an excellent working relationship with all levels of city management. Neil has prepared himself well to step into the role of Fire Chief, and I am confident the Rowlett Fire Dept. will flourish under his leadership.”
Please join the City of McKinney for a reception recognizing Howard’s dedication to the McKinney Fire Dept. and contributions to the community on Monday, Oct. 21, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. in Pike Hall at Collin College, 2200 W. University Dr., McKinney. Formal presentations will take place at 1:30p.m.
Submitted by Stacie Durham, McKinney Fire Department