(photo courtesy hpfirefighter.com)
(High Point, NC) -- High Point City Manager Strib Boynton announced the selection and appointment of Chief Rick McIntyre of Jacksonville, N. C., as High Point's new fire chief, effective Monday, July 9.
Chief McIntyre was selected as the top choice for the position through a competitive executive search process managed by Springsted Incorporated, of Richmond, involving 71 candidates from 24 states. The pool included five internal candidates.
The process included an assessment center, as well as final interviews with a panel including Greensboro Fire Chief Greg Grayson, former High Point Police Chief Jim Fealy, and High Point City Council member Bernita Sims, chair of the City Council's Public Safety Committee.
"Chief McIntyre brings the City 32 years of proven and respected public and private business leadership experience, including 16 years as Chief of the Jacksonville Fire Department; four and a half years as Fire Service Manager with Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, in Paducah, Kentucky; and 10 and a half years as Fire Protection Specialist with Duke Energy in Charlotte," said Boynton.
"Chief McIntyre brings a balance with both public and private business experience in evaluating and managing fire and emergency management needs and risks. He has effectively managed life safety, training and other issues in Jacksonville very similar to those in High Point. Under his leadership, the Jacksonville Fire Department was accredited in 2003 and reaccredited in 2008."
"Importantly, I believe Chief McIntyre's experience working with the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and his private sector experience with Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy will help us better evaluate and manage the major fire and emergency management risks that we have associated with our four major electric delivery facilities and 13 electric substations, the two major gas and diesel transmission lines under High Point's residential and commercial neighborhoods, and the various chemical and other risks associated with 25 major freight trains running daily thorough the Market District and other neighborhoods."
Appointed by Governor Bev Purdue, Chief McIntyre serves on the State Emergency Response Commission. He is also currently vice president of the N. C. Association of Fire Chiefs.
Chief McIntyre holds a Master's of Public Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; and a Bachelor's of Science in Fire Protection Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.