LARGO – Former Division Chief David Mixson was promoted to deputy fire chief of Largo Fire Rescue, Chief Shelby Willis announced Oct. 3.
Mixson’s new roles and responsibilities include administrative oversight of the department as well as assuming the role of emergency management coordinator for the city.
Mixson has been with Largo Fire Rescue for almost 20 years. He began his career in January 1994 as a firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 2003 then district chief in December 2006.
In April 2009, Mixson was promoted to the rank of division chief and has served in both the operations and logistics divisions for the department. In addition, Mixson was a SWAT medic and was asked to lead the Pinellas County Hazmat Team as the team’s commander from January 2007 through April 2011.
Mixson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Leo University and is currently pursuing a masters of science in safety, security, and emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University.
“Chief Mixson’s leadership and commitment to our city and our organization is without reproach,” Willis stated in her citywide announcement.
Willis served as deputy chief until she was named interim chief in April, after Mike Wallace retired from the post amidst an internal investigation into his leadership.
Willis was named permanent fire chief last month and stated then her intentions to make successive promotions to fill her place.