New Mukilteo fire chief’s focus: Health

MUKILTEO — Chris Alexander, who has more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical and fire services, is the city’s new fire chief.

Alexander, 51, has served as the chief at San Marcos Hays County emergency medical service in Texas. Alexander has held that job for two years.

He spent the previous 20 years in Kansas City, where he worked as an emergency medical services director. Prior to that he worked for a private ambulance service in there.

Alexander is to begin his new job March 30 and will be paid an annual salary of $104,267. He takes over a job held on an interim basis since September by Marcus Kragness, who previously was chief of the Shoreline Fire Department.

Alexander said both Mukilteo’s fire department and the city have “a lot of heart and spirit and a desire to take care of the community.”

He said Mayor Jennifer Gregerson feels that the fire department has done great things with prevention but needs to get more involved with health promotion. “We’d like to help them know how to take care of themselves so they don’t require our services,” he said of residents.

Alexander earned undergraduate degree in management and human relations and a master’s degree in business administration from MidAmerican Nazerene University in Olathe, Kansas. He also is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.

Alexander was in an initial pool of 46 applicants for the Mukilteo job. He was selected after a final interview by Gregerson and Chris Phillips, the city’s management services director. Bob Champion, the City Council president, said he was pleased that the department will soon have a permanent fire chief. “I believe he will be able to serve the city and fire service very well,” Champion said.

Alexander said he decided to apply for the job after making a trip to the Puget Sound area in November. He will be moving to the area with his husband, Mike Hastings, and their 4-year-old twin boys.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; salyer@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Deena Jones gets a physical by Briana Brewer during one of her twice weekly checkups Thursday morning at UW Medicine in Seattle on September 30, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Her brother offered a kidney, and she got one, with a twist

Deena Jones’ nephew died in a random knife attack. His death could keep the Arlington pastor alive for decades.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Union: Community Transit vaccine mandate puts jobs in ‘jeopardy’

Meanwhile, at King County Metro, a similar mandate has significantly boosted vaccination rates.

Man injured in Marysville gas station shooting

People in two vehicles reportedly opened fire Monday morning. Detectives were seeking suspect information.

Mukilteo asks for input on housing density, and it’s complicated

Here’s a guide to what voters should know about the advisory ballot measure. What does it actually do?

The concrete wall of the tennis courts at Clark Park in Everett was painted into a bright mural by people over two weekends. (Jay Austria)
Neighbors brighten Clark Park wall in Everett

People grabbed brushes and painted the concrete tennis court wall over two… Continue reading

An emergency responder uses a line to navigate the steep slope along a Forest Service road where seven people were injured Saturday when a vehicle went off the road near the Boulder River trailhead west of Darrington. (Darrington Fire District)
7 hurt in crash off cliff west of Darrington; 1 airlfited

A vehicle crashed on a forest service road near Boulder River, leading to a major rescue operation.

The aftermath of a fire that damaged a unit at the Villas at Lakewood apartment complex in Marysville on Saturday. (Marysville Fire District)
2 families displaced by Marysville apartment fire

Nobody was injured when the fire broke out Saturday morning on 27th Avenue NE.

Kevin Gallagher (from the Snohomish County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet November 2, 2021 General Election)
Kevin Gallagher, a Marysville City Council candidate, dies

Kevin Gallagher, 52, died at home of natural causes. He was challenging incumbent Councilmember Tom King.

Clouds hover over the waters off Everett's western edge Monday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Get ready for La Niña and a soggy winter in Snohomish County

After a hot, dry summer, Washington feels like Washington again. Damp. Gray. Normal.

Most Read