South Padre Island Appoints New Fire Chief

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND  - The South Padre Island City Council announced a new fire chief. The title was appointed to Doug Fowler. He will assume his role Feb. 13.

Fowler is a 35-year veteran of the fire service and recently served as an assistant fire chief in Austin.

During his 31-year career with the Austin Fire Department, he served as a training instructor, hazardous materials team member, rescue diver, community services captain, fire investigations captain, Battalion 1 and aircraft rescue firefighter, battalion chief, division chief over Education Services, and as assistant chief over Logistics, Homeland Security, and Operations.

Fowler has a master’s of public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington as well as a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.

“We are pleased to welcome a candidate of this caliber to our team,” said City Manager Susan Guthrie. “Doug brings a wealth of experience from his time with the Austin Fire Department that will benefit our community greatly.”

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