Chief McGee joined the Waco Fire Department on January 1, 2020 serving as Interim Fire Chief. Chief McGee was a member of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue in Prince William, VA for 39 years. Chief McGee began his career as a Technician I with the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue in January 1980. He worked his way up through the ranks to achieve the rank of Chief in October 2007 thru March 2019.
At the same time Chief McGee was working his way up through the Fire Service ranks, he was also continuing to receive higher education. In 1986, Chief McGee earned his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Northern Virginia Community College. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1990 and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2000, both from George Mason University.
Chief McGee completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also received the Chief Fire Officer Designation. Most recently, Chief McGee completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Chief McGee was selected as the 2019 International Association of Fire Chiefs. Metro Fire Chiefs Section Fire Chief of the year award.
Chief McGee’s functional experience includes EMS, fire prevention, public education, fire suppression operations, hazardous materials, emergency management, personnel management, training, budgeting, strategic planning, and program management. His experience also includes the development of policy and consensus standards at the national, state, regional, and local levels relating to fire service, disaster management, EMS, and transportation issues.
Chief McGee is actively involved in both the delivery of direct public safety service as well as the advancement of the fire and EMS profession. He currently serves as Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, and current member and past chair of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium. He also served a term as chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Fire Chiefs Committee.