On Tuesday, the Nixa Fire District made some special announcements at its board meeting.

The board of directors made the offer of Fire Chief to Deputy Chief Lloyd Walles.

Deputy Chief Walles accepted the position and will be taking over from current Chief, Jon Trent, who will be retiring at the end of December.

Also Athena Fitts will be moving into fulltime Human Resources Manager with the district.

(Information and photos provided by the Nixa Fire Protection District)

NIXA, MO: During the Nixa Fire District board meeting Tuesday, September 17th, the board of directors made an offer of Fire Chief to Deputy Chief Lloyd Walles. DC Walles accepted the position and will be taking over from our current Chief, Jon Trent when he retires at the end of December. DC Walles joined the Nixa Fire Protection District in 1994 as a volunteer firefighter, and was hired for a full time position in 1998. Walles was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2010 and led the Fire Prevention and Public Education programs. Most recently Walles has served as the Deputy Chief over Operations. Deputy Chief Walles completed paramedic training with St. Johns/Mercy EMS in Springfield and an A.A.S. through Ozarks Technical Community College. DC Walles also holds an Associates in Fire Science and Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Also, it has been announced that Athena Fitts will be moving fulltime into a Human Resource Manager position with the district. Athena has been with the fire district for almost 10 years, and has been a Nixa resident since 1987. She has earned an A.A.S. Accounting and Business Management Degree, and has over 25 years’ experience in Accounting, Business and Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nixa and enjoys serving her local community. With the growth of the department and personnel, this position has been needed. The district is currently in the process of hiring a new receptionist.

Promotions and retirment at Nixa Fire Protection District