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VIDEO: Winter 'eager' to begin as Conway's fire chief

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 6:40pm

Mike Winter is the new Conway Fire Chief. Mayor Tab Townsell announced his decision at Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting.

Winter, who was one of two local candidates for the position, said waiting for the decision on Monday was one of the few times in his life that he remembers being nervous.

“It’s been a long process, and I agree with the process wholeheartedly, and now that this race is finished I’ve got a sense of both pride and great humility ... and I’m eager to get started,” Winter said before the announcement.

Winter was selected at the end of a nationwide search headed by the city’s Fire Chief Search Committee, which was created for the task. The committee gave anonymous opinions and input, but the decision of who to appoint was the mayor’s alone. The other local candidate was Conway Batallion Chief Mark Jones. Joseph Gorman and Jerome Gaines, of the Texas City and Fort Wayne, Ind. fire departments, respectively, were the other two finalists who came to Conway to meet department and city officials and Conway residents.

Winter, 43, started his carreer in firefighting in Conway, and said he plans to end it here.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached by email at joe.lamb@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 02/11/14 - 07:55 pm
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No surprise

It figures Townsell would pick someone from the good-old-boys network.

Diogenes
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Diogenes 02/11/14 - 09:43 pm
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Better a home town boy

Than another Yankee.

Grandpa1299
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Grandpa1299 02/11/14 - 10:06 pm
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Finally

Way to go Tab!! You did get one thing right before you leave us with your tower to embarass us for years to come.

Mr. Spock
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Mr. Spock 02/11/14 - 10:26 pm
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Salary?

What is his salary?

Jollymusician
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Jollymusician 02/12/14 - 07:36 am
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Probably

His salary is probably the same as Castleberry's.

Budnmud
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Budnmud 02/12/14 - 08:47 am
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Congratulations

Congratulations Chief Winter, best wishes for your continued good service to our community and fellow firefighters....

Lilly03
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Lilly03 02/12/14 - 09:13 am
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Shocking that the right

Shocking that the right decision was actually made! Best wishes Chief Winter!

tman21k
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tman21k 02/12/14 - 11:07 am
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Congratulations, Chief

Congratulations, Chief Winter!

Citizen of Conway
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Citizen of Conway 02/12/14 - 06:00 pm
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A Very Good Choice

Every organization should strive to develope promotable employess. If it does not, then something is wrong. Mike Winters is a very good choice and demonstrates to those below him that there are achieveable goals.

Scooby
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Scooby 02/12/14 - 07:50 pm
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Welcome!

Congrats Chief and wishing you well in your assignment. Never forget where you came from and take care of our fire fighters. They do an awesome job and we are all grateful for their service to our wonderful little city with a great fire service rating.

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