More than 40 years ago, Maynard Howell began serving our community as a firefighter.

In that time, he has worked his way up the ranks to captain, battalion chief, then assistant chief, and is now the fire chief for the Robertson Fire Protection District.

Howell has been a part of countless emergency responses during his decades of service, including a month-long FEMA deployment to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But his favorite part of the job is being part of a tightly-knit community.

“We are here to serve, and the opportunity to be out and about, meeting the residents and business owners we are here for, learning their needs and their expectations for our fire district, is truly the best part of being the fire chief,”
Howell says.

As fire chief, Howell is working hard to find a resolution between the City of Hazelwood and the District.

“I want to make sure our residents and our employees are taken care of as we find a solution to what has become an ongoing struggle with the City to continue providing emergency services,” Howell says.

When he is not at the fire station, you can often find Howell with Joy, his wife of more than 40 years. The active couple enjoys sports of all kinds, including golf and spending time on the water. They are the proud parents of four children and grandparents to 13 grandchildren.