Mayor Greg Lowe and the Clinton City Council are pleased to announce that Deputy Fire Chief Mark Manuel has been named Chief of the Clinton Fire Department (CFD).
Chief Manuel began his 27 years of service with the CFD as a volunteer firefighter in March 1993. He became a career firefighter in October 1995. Since that time, Chief Manuel has served in every position at the CFD. He was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in October 2017, being named Interim Fire Chief in December 2019, upon the retirement of Chief Leo Huff.
As Deputy Fire Chief, one of the many responsibilities assumed by Manuel was the administration of the CFD training program. Under his leadership, the CFD recently attained full compliance with ISO training requirements, for the first time.
Chief Manuel holds several certifications from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, such as Fire Investigator, Fire Service Instructor, and Hazardous Materials Operations. He has completed additional training in a variety of areas, such as Managing the Complex Incident, Vehicle Rescue Instructor and Leadership Based on Values.
Chief Manuel will also serve as the Clinton Emergency Management Director (EMD). He has attained the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications for his position. Also, Chief Manuel currently serves on the Henry County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and represents Clinton on the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee.
Chief Manuel has been an active member of the City of Clinton Employee Safety Team. His commitment to safety and his specialized training for Advanced Chain Saw Operations and Developing and Maintaining a Training Program has proven beneficial to multiple city departments.
Chief Manuel is a life-long resident of Clinton, graduating from Clinton High School. He and wife Theresa are the parents of two teenage daughters, Gracie and Lillian. His parents, Judy and Bob Manuel, also reside in Clinton.