The search for a new Fire Chief in Paris is over after it was announced this morning the position has been filled by Michael Vogel, a 20-year veteran.
“Although the process has been longer and more difficult than we either expected or hoped, on Thursday and Friday, January 17-18, a panel of three interviewed six candidates for the Paris fire chief’s position,” said City Manager John Godwin.
“Yesterday morning at about 5:30 a.m. I reached an agreement with Mike Vogel, a deputy chief in Arlington, to become our next fire chief.”
Chief Vogel has been in the fire service for over twenty years, the last two as deputy chief. He is a graduate of San Jacinto College and received further education at Notre Dame.
“Prior to working in Arlington, Chief Vogel was in the Marine Corp and was a volunteer firefighter in Cypress and Magnolia and a full-time firefighter and paramedic in The Woodlands,” said Godwin.
Vogel also teaches at Collin College in McKinney as an associate EMS professor and is a married father of five.
“Our city charter requires the city council to ratify the appointments of certain department heads, one of which is the fire chief. This does not mean the council interviews candidates, only that they must affirm the manager’s choice in order to make it official. This confirmation is scheduled to appear on the council agenda for either February 11 of 25, so Chief Vogel will likely not be on duty until March.”
In the meantime, Assistant Chief Thomas McMonigle will continue to manage the department, as he has since September when Larry Wright retired.
“Chief McMonigle has done an excellent job serving the department and our community, and we are fortunate to have him during this interim.”