Midwest City appoints fire chief

Jarett Metheny succeeds Randy Olsen, who retired from the Midwest City fire chief position.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 30, 2013

City council members have appointed Jarett Metheny as the new fire chief.

Metheny had been interim fire chief since July, taking over after Randy Olsen retired.

Metheny won the job over 13 other candidates from across the country, according to a news release from the city.

“Jarett has a proven record of leadership and the necessary experience that is required to successfully carry on the job of fire chief in our community,” City Manager Guy Henson said in the release.

“We are pleased to have him on board in this important position.”

As fire chief, Metheny will lead 85 staff members and firefighters and a department that has an ISO 1 rating, making it a top department in the nation.

Metheny was sworn in as a firefighter in July 1995 with the Midwest City Fire Department and has served in multiple ranks throughout his career. He earned a bachelor's degree in fire protection and safety engineering technology and a master's degree in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University.

He is a graduate of the executive fire officer program at the National Fire Academy and is credentialed as a chief fire officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is an adjunct faculty member with the fire and emergency management programs at Oklahoma State University-OKC and Kaplan University.

He is active with the Midwest City YMCA Advisory Council and is a member of the Midwest City Rotary.

Metheny lives in Midwest City with his wife, Angie, a Midwest City-Del City kindergarten teacher, and their children, Hannah, Claire and Cole.