There’s a new chief in town.
Mike Poyser is the acting fire chief in Louisiana.
“[He] does have the knowledge and experience to do the job,” retiring Fire Chief Mike Lesley said.
“He has been a captain, assistant chief and battalion chief in the past. I hope the city will work with him as you all did with me. I will stay on the department for now and will assist him in any way he might need help.”
Poyser was elected when the Louisiana Fire Department held its election on Wednesday, March 29.
“I’m excited but at the same time I have some nervousness but we have some very good officers in place. It’s the highest rank I’ve ever taken in any fire department,” Poyser said. “My goal is to build on where we’re at and what Chief Lesley had built on over the years and take it to the next level.”
Poyser’s early focus will be on maintaining a stable lineup.
“We’ve worked on several things over the last 18 months and I’d say with the police department we have staffing issues. It’s hard to keep a full roster right now that’s one of the ongoing goals is to keep that filled,” he said.
“Other than that it’s following five and ten year plans and keeping our equipment up to date and use the budget to the best of our ability.”
He has been a fire fighter for 28 years, 23 with Louisiana. His first five years were spent with Buffalo Township.
“I started there when I was 18 and gave them five years and was approached to come to the city,” he said. “I found my niche here.”
A formal announcement will be made at the Louisiana city council meeting on Monday, April 10.