John Nickles, Fire Marshal for the City of McKinney since 2004 will retire on May 2, 2012. Nickles joined the McKinney Fire Department as a Plans Reviewer in 2002, promoting to Fire Marshal two years later. He is recognized for leading the Fire Prevention Division through many innovative changes.
Nickles, credited with improving customer service in the Fire Prevention Division, introduced electronic plan review for fire protection systems to McKinney. Under his leadership, a system for next-day inspections for fire protection systems was implemented; and, City Council mandates for plans review and inspections have been consistently met or exceeded. Nickles credits his accomplishments as Fire Marshal to the dedication and hard work of the engineers, inspectors, and support staff in his office, observing, “They do an outstanding job,
always striving to meet the needs of the customer, while keeping safety and the mandates of Council their top priority.”
In addition to duties as Fire Marshal, Nickles served on the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Fire Advisory Board and on the Texas Governor’s Fire Sprinkler Advisory Council. Through these activities, he influenced community risk reduction efforts across the State of Texas.
“John Nickles has been an asset to the City of McKinney. He made the plans review and inspections process more user-friendly and improved customer relations both internally and externally. John was always willing to go the extra mile,” stated Fire Chief Danny Kistner.
Nickles, married with three sons and five grandchildren, looks forward to spending more time with his family and to increasing his skill at a favorite hobby, wood-turning. Having served as an instructor in the Fire Engineering program at Oklahoma State University for many years, Nickles also looks forward to increasing the number of classes he teaches and to expanding opportunities in other areas.
According to the retiring Fire Marshal, “The City of McKinney is a dynamic organization. I have enjoyed my 10 years and look forward to the great things that will continue to be accomplished in community risk reduction and other city services.”