ANNA — Anna City Manager Jim Proce has named Ray Isom to the position of Fire Chief, promoting him to the permanent post he had been holding as an interim following the December 2018 retirement of Chief Tim Gothard. Chief Isom was sworn in during the Feb. 12 City Council meeting.

“Ray has led the department with distinction,” said Proce. “The combination of two decades of experience, his academic achievements and professional education, his long-term vision for the department, and the support that he has fostered from the firefighters all point to the kind of leader the City needs in that position.”

The new Chief is a second-generation firefighter, having begun his career in 1996 with the Ennis Fire Department. Then, while a student at Oklahoma State University in 2000, he worked as a firefighter, fire inspector, and safety technician for the university.

In 2004, he was named a Deputy with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office in Austin, overseeing fire prevention for state-owned facilities. During his tenure, he worked on several high-profile arson and bomb cases. He was involved in coastal relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He subsequently joined the Allen Fire Department in 2008 as a Fire Prevention Specialist. His duties included consultation and advice on numerous new construction projects, arson investigations, and was instrumental in Allen’s Emergency Management program. He joined the Anna Fire Department in 2017 as Deputy Chief.

Chief Isom is a certified Master Firefighter, a commissioned Master Peace Officer, and a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician. He is also certified as an Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, Driver/Operator/Aerial, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Service Instructor, and Law Enforcement Instructor.

He was designated as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association in 2005 and has completed the nation’s only Fire Executive Management Training leadership program through the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. He holds a General Class FCC Amateur Radio License.

The Chief earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Fire Protection, from Oklahoma State University, and earned a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015.

He and his wife Lola have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, outdoor adventures, and the pursuit of knowledge.