James Mallinger named Fire Chief
New Chief has served Cedar Park more than 16 years
The City of Cedar Park has named Interim Fire Chief James Mallinger as Chief of the Cedar Park Fire Department. Chief Mallinger has served the City of Cedar Park since 1996, in the capacities of Assistant Fire Chief, Emergency Management Coordinator, and since June 16, Interim Fire Chief.
“Being selected as the next Fire Chief for the City of Cedar Park fulfills the dream of leading the department where I have enjoyed the majority of my career,” Chief Mallinger says. “I look forward to continuing the excellent service and relationships the Cedar Park Fire Department has built.”
Chief Mallinger joined the Cedar Park Fire Department, beginning as a Firefighter in January 1996, working his way through the ranks as a Fire Lieutenant, and Fire Captain. Chief Mallinger was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief in February 1999, and has twice served as Interim Fire Chief. In addition to his role as Assistant Fire Chief, Mallinger also served as the City Emergency Management Coordinator for approximately six years. He will lead a department of 66 firefighters and civilian staff of three, and annual budget of approximately $6.8M.
Chief Mallinger serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Austin Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University-Round Rock, an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Austin Community College, and a Texas Firefighters Certificate from the Texas A&M University Recruit Fire School. He is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in Department Head Suppression, and as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Master Fire Investigator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Safety Officer, Wildland Firefighter and Fire Instructor III. He is certified as a Fire Officer IV by Proboard/TEEX, Emergency Medical Technician by the Texas Department of Health, Certified Fire Executive by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is scheduled to graduate the national Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2013.
“Chief Mallinger’s experience, training, sincere passion, and dedication to the CPFD have led me to this decision,” Cedar Park City Manager Brenda Eivens says. “I was very pleased with the caliber of Chief candidates, and feel that Chief Mallinger is the right person to lead our Fire Department.”
The City Council approved the recommendation of Mallinger as Fire Chief at its November 29, 2012 City Council meeting.
The City, working with Waters Consulting Group, received more than 55 responses to the position opening. Five finalists were interviewed by two separate panels of City staff, which then narrowed the pool to two finalists.
“I look forward to working with Chief Mallinger and the entire department as we continue our quest to provide service excellence to our community,” Eivens says.