McMinnville firefighter Kendall Mayfield has been named the city’s new fire chief. He brings almost 30 years experience to the job.
“I think this is going to be a positive change for the department and myself, and I feel I can move this department forward,” said Mayfield. “It’s a good thing. I felt it was time for someone in this department to take this step. Most of the guys are behind me and pulling for me, too. There are some really good guys here.”
Mayfield has been with McMinnville Fire Department since 1985. He served as captain since 2005 and was named chief effective this Monday, July 7.
“Moving from captain to chief requires a little bit more paperwork. That’s about it,” said Mayfield. “I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while. I felt now would be the time. Who knows if the opportunity will come around again. I thought I better take the chance while it was available.”
Mayfield is also a volunteer firefighter with Collins River Fire Department, a situation unlikely to change.
“I’m going to continue being a volunteer firefighter with Collins River,” said Mayfield. “Quite a few of the guys up here volunteer.”
Mayor Jimmy Haley, as interim city administrator, hired Mayfield and believes he will provide a calming effect on a department that has been riddled with controversy.
“Kendall has been part of the fire department for many years,” said Haley. “I think this is going to be good for the department. It’s already having a good, calming effect on everyone down there. Everyone respects him. I think he will be a good fit.”
Mayfield is the fourth fire chief hired by the city since the departure of Kevin Lawrence in November 2011.