New fire chief in McKinney

McKinney City Manager Jason Gray has hired Daniel Kistner as McKinney Fire Chief. Kistner, who replaces Chief Mark Wallace, starts July 5.

Kistner served as the Fire Chief in Lufkin, Texas, for nearly two years and served the City of Garland in a variety of roles for 26 years, including as the Assistant Fire Chief.

“Our entire city management team is excited to welcome Chief Kistner to the McKinney team,” said Deputy City Manager Rick Chaffin. “He has shown incredible passion and experience for the position, and we are confident he will lead the department to new heights as it serves our growing community.”

Kistner earned a Master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University and is working on a doctorate in Fire Service Administration. Kistner is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy and a Chief Fire Officer designee.

Kistner was also one of six national candidates selected to receive fellowships to attend Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program this summer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The 19-day program, which includes State and local government leaders from across the U.S. and other countries, focuses on exploring the interrelationships between citizens and government, analyzing policy options, and examining the ethical and professional responsibilities of leadership.

Kistner takes over the post from McKinney Fire Chief Mark Wallace, who announced his retirement effective June 1. Wallace had been McKinney’s Fire Chief for the last 10 years of his 41-year career.

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