After a nationwide search, League City has selected its next fire chief.

Michael Lugo, who most recently was assistant fire chief for Denton County Emergency Services District No. 1 in Argyle, Texas, will replace Chief Gary Warren, who retires in August, according to a League City press release.

Lugo has a 15-year career in fire service having been a firefighter, paramedic, EMS captain and fire marshal. For the past eight years, he has been the operations chief, fire prevention chief officer and training chief for Denton County ESD No. 1, according to the release.

“Chief Lugo will be a great asset to our city and our talented volunteer fire department,” City Manager John Baumgartner said in the release. “He is a dedicated professional with a safety-focused approach and an extensive background leading firefighting operations and administrative initiatives.”

Lugo has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and an Associate’s of Applied Science in fire science from Columbia Southern University. He is a member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association and the International Fire Chief’s Association, and he serves as secretary of the Denton Fire Chief’s Association executive board, per the release.

The League City Volunteer Fire Department includes nearly 150 residents.