Charlotte names new fire chief

Reginald T. Johnson

Reginald  T. Johnson has been selected to be Fire Department chief, Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones announced Thursday. 

Johnson currently serves as assistant fire chief for operations where he oversees the more than 1,300 uniformed officers at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Fairfax, Virginia. He has held an executive leadership position in the department for more than six years, including roles as deputy fire chief and battalion chief. 

“Reggie’s passion for the fire service is second only to his passion for people,” Jones said. “He is an excellent communicator with a talent for relationship building that will be instrumental in continuing Charlotte Fire Department’s track record of success.”

Johnson’s duties as fire chief will include: 

  • Providing oversight and leadership for day-to-day operational activities of an organization with more than 1,000 uniformed personnel and more than 100 non-sworn personnel. 
  • Advising all member agencies on fire, disaster management and Emergency Management Services (EMS) practices. 
  • Establishing and maintaining a positive employee-labor relations climate.
  • Properly and efficiently using both human and financial resources in a department with an operations budget of $124 million. 
  • Developing trusted, positive relationships across the organization through a strong sense of character, exceptional listening skills and a commitment to providing training and education equitably for all staff.

“I am honored, blessed and humbled to serve as Charlotte’s next fire chief,” Johnson said. “I look forward to meeting the men and women who have cemented Charlotte Fire Department as a leader in fire service and emergency management. Together, I know we can accomplish great things.”

His first day on the job is April 30.