Mineola graduate named Tyler Fire Department assistant chief

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The Tyler Fire Department has announced the appointment of Captain Joey Hooton to the position of assistant fire chief.

Hooton began his duties as assistant chief on Nov. 19. Assigned to the Administrative Division, Hooton will be responsible for planning, budgets, grants, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and personnel.

Hooton began his career with the Tyler Fire Department in February 2004. Over the past 13 years, he has held the ranks of firefighter, driver / engineer and captain. Prior to his promotion, Chief Hooton worked as the captain on A-Shift at Station #9.

Hooton holds certifications as a Master Firefighter, Fire Service Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Technician and Emergency Care Attendant. Additionally, he was honorably discharged as a soldier in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. Hooton received an Associate of Arts Degree in Economics from Tyler Junior College and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a 1991 Mineola High School graduate and he and his wife Lori have two children.

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