Eugene Campbell, Jr.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Missouri City Councilmembers unanimously approved the hiring of Fire & Rescue Services Chief Eugene Campbell, Jr. Since September 2015, Chief Campbell has served as Deputy Chief of Administration - Fire Marshal - Pasadena Fire Department (PFD), Pasadena CA. He holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Work Force Education from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Additionally, he holds an Associate of Art degree in Fire Service Management and an Associates of Art degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN), Las Vegas.
“While my management and leadership style depends on the circumstances, I have learned to evolve since I first held the Chief Officer position in 2001. I understand adaptive leadership – sometimes staff will need to be coached, and sometimes I will need to listen,” Chief Campbell said. “I stress collaboration in all areas, and I am determined to always listen, empower and know my staff fully understands our plan of action.”
For the Fire & Rescue Service search, Missouri City secured the services of CPSHR, a recruiting firm, who conducted a nation-wide search. Using a number of different teams, including representatives from the community, the Missouri City executive team, a representative group from the City’s leadership team, a team of fire chiefs and employee representatives from the Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services, CPSHR captured the City’s vision, ideal skills, temperament, professional experience, and credentials that the next Fire Chief should bring to the City.
The Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services Department’s mission is to prevent and mitigate emergencies for the citizens and visitors of Missouri City through dedicated professionals, bound by integrity, using technology and innovation. Chief Campbell Jr. will oversee a department of 74 public safety officials and staff members, comprised of four divisions:
- Administration: Includes the Fire Chief, Division Chief of Emergency Preparedness, and the Administrative Assistant; responsibilities of the division include strategic planning and management the department.
- Operations: The largest division, it is comprised of the highly trained and educated fire service professionals who operate out of five fire station strategically located throughout Missouri City.
- Prevention: Working under the direction of the Fire Marshal, this division is responsible for conducting plan reviews of all new commercial construction projects and is an integral part of the City’s development team.
- Training and Education: Staffed by one full-time division Chief and one part-time administrative clerk, this division is responsible for administering promotional exams, career and program development, record keeping, continuing education and writing department policies and procedures.