MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma – The City of Muskogee is pleased to announce that Michael O’Dell has been named the new Fire Chief following the retirement of Chief, Derek Tatum. Tatum is retiring January 29, 2016.
Interim City Manager Roy Tucker has every confidence in the 26 ½ -year veteran of the Muskogee Fire Department. ““Chief O’Dell is a proven leader that will make an excellent Fire Chief,” said Tucker. “I feel that we have an exceptional Fire Department and I am confident it will grow even stronger under Chief O’Dell’s leadership.”
O’Dell has been with the Muskogee Fire Department for more than 26 years and was serving as the Training Officer for MFD. In his time with the MFD, he has occupied several positions.
He attended college at Northeastern State University before joining the MFD. O’Dell has been certified in numerous fire related topics and he is an Emergency Medical Responder as well as being a State of Oklahoma certified emergency medical instructor.
“I am excited and humbled to be appointed as the Fire Chief of the Muskogee Fire Department,” said O’Dell. “We have a very strong department that provides a high level of service to the citizens of Muskogee; it is an honor to lead such a progressive department.”
O’Dell’s appointment comes after Chief Derek Tatum’s retirement was announced January 4, 2016. He too has expressed his confidence in O’Dell.
O’Dell lives in Muskogee with his wife Carol and son Josh. O’Dell enjoys outdoor hobbies like camping and scuba diving.
For more information about the City of Muskogee Fire Department, visit www.cityofmuskogee.com.