May 25, 2012
Texas Department of Insurance Announces Selection of New State Fire Marshal
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announces the selection of Chris Connealy as the new State Fire Marshal. Connealy has served as fire chief for the Cedar Park Fire Department since 2004. Prior to his position in Cedar Park, he served as fire chief for the Houston Fire Department.
As State Fire Marshal, he will be responsible for management and direction of the State Fire Marshal's Office and programs, and will be a member of the agency's executive management team. "I believe his knowledge and experience will be an asset to this agency and the citizens of this state as we continue our statewide efforts at fire prevention, fire safety education, and investigation," said Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman.
Connealy holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Administration from Western Illinois University and a Masters degree in Fire Administration from Grand Canyon University. He is accredited as a Chief Fire Officer from the Commission on Chief Fire Officer program. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor with Texas Education Extension Service and Austin Community College, teaching Fire Administration and Leadership. He is also an instructor in the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy.