An email was sent out on December 9, 2011 to Fire Department staff by Carol Gonzales, the City Manager of City of Shawnee, with wonderful news about John Mattox, one of our Certified Public Manager graduates:
As you know when Chief Hudson retired I appointed Chief Mattox as interim chief and allowed myself time to think about the appointment of the next chief. Department head positions play a critical role in leading departments, this organization, and, they provide leadership in the community. Selecting the right people to fill those positions is one of the most, if not the most, important decisions that I make in my position as City Manager.
During the past few months, I have worked closely with Chief Mattox and have seen clearly his commitment to the fire profession, the department and the City. As I have gotten to know him better, I have come to greatly appreciate his common sense approach, direct communication style and positive outlook. He is a person of great compassion and integrity, and has already demonstrated the willingness to make the hard decisions that are necessary for strong leadership. I believe he is innovative and will set high standards and expectations, encourage forward thinking, and be open to ideas and suggestions from all staff.
For those reasons, and because John’s extensive experience in the fire service, the roles he has played regionally and nationally in professional associations, and his formal and continuing education have prepared him well, I am appointing him as the Fire Chief for the City of Shawnee, effective today. The fire service is a changing industry, and I believe John Mattox is the best person to lead our outstanding department into the future.
I am proud to serve as the City Manager of a City with such an excellent fire department. I thank you for your support of Chief Mattox, and I thank you for your outstanding public service.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves and congratulate John on this wonderful promotion and opportunity! This is a very deserving honor for him – his leadership, dedication, and commitment to public service shine through in so many ways. We know that great things will happen under his leadership. – The Public Management Staff
Click here to read the announcement that was on the City of Shawnee’s website.