Assistant Chief McGary began his career with the Midland Fire Department in 1992 and served in the ranks of Firefighter and Engineer before being promoted to Captain in 2005, and then to Battalion Chief in 2012. McGary holds certifications as a TDSHS Licensed Paramedic, TCFP Master Firefighter, TCFP Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor I, NFA Incident Safety Officer, Blue Card Incident Commander, and is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy. Chief McGary earned an Associates degree in Fire Science Technology from Midland College.
Assistant Chief McGary's primary duties include the direct supervision of the on-duty Battalion Chiefs (or shift commander) and ultimate responsibility for all personnel and equipment assigned to the three shifts within the Operations Division. McGary will also oversee airport emergency operations through the Aircraft Rescue Fire-Fighting (ARFF) Chief. As a member of the executive administrative staff, he assists with strategic planning, budget development, policy implementation, project management, team building and leadership activities.
Assistant Chief McGary also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Midland Fireman's Relief and Retirement Fund.