About Us

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Reginald T. Johnson is the Fire Chief for the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) and was appointed in April 2018 as the first African American Chief of the Department. Chief Johnson has acquired a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies, both from the University of Maryland University College (now known as University of Maryland Global Campus). He was an alternate on the NFPA 1710 Committee and has professional membership with the IAFC, Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC), North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, NC Association of Fire Chiefs, and IAFF. He currently serves as a Commissioner of the NC State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). He has been married to his wonderful wife Angela for over 26 years and has two children.

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

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: Darrick Cooper

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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 in 1989. 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 four years training recruits and facilitating in-service training for the department. He also was assigned to Station 8 for three 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 of Science degree in Business from Bluefield State College in West Virginia. Chief Jones is responsible for overseeing Charlotte Fire Department Operations which includes 43 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 for advancement through the ranks. He maintains cohesiveness within the department and manages 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: Kelvin Brim
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, Deputy Chief Jerry Winkles 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 and the Deputy Chief of Personnel Administration for the department, prior to becoming Deputy Chief of Business Administration.

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: Division Chief Robert W. Graham III

CFD Communications (CFD Alarm): Johnathan Horn

Public Safety Information and Technology: Crystal Cody

Strategic Planning and Research: Battalion Chief Blake Redden

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

Logistics Division Chief: Damian Owens

Fleet Manager: Captain Josh Westbrooks

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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: Edwin Shaver

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 of three daughters and a son.

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Human Resources Division |500 Dalton Ave | phone: 704.336.4174

Manager: Kim Sanders

Recruitment: Captain Mario Arango

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