On Friday, May 24, Mansfield Mayor Buddy Black administered the oath of office to newly named Fire Chief, Michael Smith.
Smith has worked in the fire service since 1979, as a first responder for over twenty years and in law enforcement for almost a decade.
Smith retired from the city four years ago, but felt a “moral obligation to return to the department.”
He and his wife Tina have two children, Jared and Taylor Smith as well as two grandchildren, Everleigh and Leighton.
Smith said his goals for the department are, “to try to get it (the fire department) back to where it was in the past. It will take team work and effort to get the trust back with the people, not only in Mansfield, but also the outlying community as well as the general public.”