New Braunfels fire chief announces retirement effective Sept. 20

Chief Patrick O'Connell became the fire chief in 2019. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
Chief Patrick O'Connell became the fire chief in 2019. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

Chief Patrick O'Connell became the fire chief in 2019. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

On Sept. 21, the city of New Braunfels announced that fire chief Patrick O’Connell had retired from the New Braunfels Fire Department.

According to city officials, O’Connell resigned Sept. 20, and no reason for his departure was given.

O’Connell has worked in public service for 28 years, 16 of which were with the NBFD. He began his firefighting career in 1993.

In 2005, O’Connell joined the NBFD and served in several positions before being named fire chief in September 2019.

“We appreciate Chief O’Connell’s dedicated service to the department, the organization and the community,” said Robert Camareno, New Braunfels city manager, in a press release. “Patrick has been a leader throughout the COVID[-19] pandemic, and we are all better for his efforts.”


Assistant Chief Mike Wehman will serve as interim fire chief while the city searches for O’Connell’s replacement.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.



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