About Us

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Fire Chief Reginald T. Johnson comes to the City of Charlotte Fire Department with nearly 25 years of well-rounded fire service and emergency management experience from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Chief Johnson has a Master's of Science degree in Emergency Management and a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College. He served as alternate on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 Committee and has professional membership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Fighters.

Chief Johnson embraces the mission of the department and strives to always improve the all-hazards and nationally recognized services delivered to the citizens and visitors to the Queen City. He also envisions a department truly engaged in the community at the local level as demonstrated daily by the men and women of the department.

Some additional priorities include:

  • Increased fire and life safety education for the community
  • Improved health and safety of department members
  • Improve diversity within the department, to better reflect the community we serve
  • Embrace innovation and education as a means to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness

There are three deputy fire chiefs, each assigned to manage specific divisions/content areas in the department.

There are also six division chiefs to further facilitate communication and collaboration across the Charlotte Fire Department and to enhance opportunitThere are also six division chiefs to further facilitate communication and collaboration across the Charlotte Fire Department and to enhance opportunities to immerse the fire department into neighborhoods for better community impact across the city.

Office of the Chief Fire Chief: Chief Reginald T. Johnson

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Finance & Special Projects Manager  |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.7680

Manager: Lisa Williams

Budget & Finance: Yashica Seegers

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Administrative Support  |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.2791

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Office of Public Information and Community EngagementBattalion Chief: Vacant

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Public Information Office  |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.2094

Public Information Officer: Captain Dennis Gist
Public Information Officer: Captain Jackie Gilmore

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Fire and Life Safety Education  |1517 N. Graham St. | phone: 704.336.3974

Senior Fire and Life Safety Educator: Amy Rea
Fire and Life Safety Educator: Christie Russell
Fire and Life Safety Educator: Leigh Kish
Fire and Life Safety Educator: Richard Dunton and Cat

Deputy Chiefs

Deputy Chief Samuel Jones

Deputy Chief Samuel Jones - Deputy Chief of Operations

Deputy Chief Samuel Jones joined the Charlotte Fire Department in1989. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain on January 8, 2005 as a Relief Captain and later assigned to Ladder 1. He was reassigned to the training academy and spent over 4 years training recruits and facilitating in-service training for the department. He also was assigned to Station 8 for 3 years until his promotion to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2016. Chief Jones served as the Battalion 4 Chief until his promotion to Deputy Chief on November 10, 2018.

Deputy Chief Jones has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business from Bluefield State College in West Virginia. He is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Chief Jones is responsible for overseeing Charlotte Fire Department Operations which includes 42 fire stations, rescue services, dive operations, hazardous materials, airport rescue & firefighting operations for the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. This also includes coordinating, planning, organizing and directing all phases of Charlotte Fire Department operations with the Fire Chief.

He is leading the department with honor, integrity and professionalism. Through his mentorship, firefighters have achieved opportunities in advancement through the ranks. He maintains cohesiveness within the department and manage successful diversity recruitment campaigns within the department.

Chief Jones has been married to Tina for 32 years and they have three children, sons Samuel Jr, Christopher and his daughter Taylor.

Division Chief A-Shift: David Farnum
Division Chief B-Shift: Rueben Fitzgerald
Division Chief C-Shift: Phil Bosche Jr.
Division Chief of Special Operations: Kent Davis

Battalion Chief ARFF: Kevin Rink
Battalion Chief HazMat: David Mitchum II
Battalion Chief Rescue: Shawn Royall

Deputy Chief Jerry Winkles

Deputy Chief Jerry Winkles - Deputy Chief of Business Administration

Since joining the Charlotte Fire Department in 1995, he has been continually driven to prepare himself to serve the citizens of Charlotte through education, training, and on the job experiences as he rose through the ranks. His operational preparedness and experience began as a Firefighter I and II, and continued as he served as an Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Administratively he has completed many special projects including serving as the Accreditation Manager and leading the ISO re-evaluation project that resulted in the City of Charlotte’s ISO Class I rating. He also served as the Strategic Planning Chief for the department.

Deputy Chief Winkles has completed the Executive Fire Officers Program (EFO) at the National Fire Academy and received the Chief Fire Officer’s (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology- Fire Safety from UNC- Charlotte.

Deputy Chief Winkles and his wife have four children; they enjoy serving at their church, hiking, and camping.

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Deputy Chief of Business Administration  |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.4174

Deputy Director of EM: BC Robert W. Graham III

CFD Communications (CFD Alarm): Johnathan Horn

CFD Information and Technology

Strategic Planning and Research: Battalion Jason Perdue

Logistics Division  |1501 N. Graham St. | phone: 704.336.2411

Logistics Division Chief: Damian Owens

Fleet Manager: Captain Jeremy Kennedy

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Fire Marshal Office  |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.2101

Fire Marshal: Kevin Miller

Arson Task Force  |1517 N. Graham St | phone: 704.336.3970

Chief Fire Investigator: Paul Wilkinson

Fire Prevention Beaureau  |500 Dalton Avenue | phone: 704.336.2112

Deputy Chief Peter Skeris

Deputy Chief Peter Skeris - Deputy Chief of Personnel Administration

Deputy Chief Peter Skeris joined the Charlotte Fire Department in 1997, after six years in law enforcement. In January 2003, Chief Skeris was promoted to Captain and held assignments at Ladder 23, Ladder 16, Engine 20, and the Training Academy. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in January 2008. He was assigned to Battalion 6 before transferring and spending ten years in Battalion 4. He was transferred to the Special Operations Division in October 2018 as the Chief of Rescue Operations. In July 2019, Chief Skeris was promoted to Division Chief and was assigned to oversee the Special Operations Division until January 2021, when he was promoted to Deputy Chief.

As Deputy Chief of Personnel Administration, Chief Skeris oversees the Training Division, Health and Safety, Recruitment, and Human Resources. Chief Skeris has an AAS degree from Central Piedmont Community College, a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master’s in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Additionally, Chief Skeris is a designated Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Chief Skeris is the proud father to three daughters and a son.

Training Division  |1770 Shopton Rd | phone: 704.432.1700

Division Chief of Training: Brandon Caputo

Safety Division  |1517 North Graham St. | phone: 704.336.5609