Assistant Chief Michael Cota has served with the Midland Fire Department since February of 1996. His career in suppression as a Firefighter and as an Investigator in the Fire Marshal's Office has offered him an opporunity to serve in an array of disciplines for the City of Midland. Chief Cota holds TCFP Master certifications as a Firefighter, Arson Investigator and Fire Inspector. He also holds certifications as a Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I, while maintaining an EMT-I and Peace Officer license. Chief Cota is a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy and Certified Public Manager program through Texas Tech University. He has earned an Associate Degree through Midland College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.
Chief Cota's duties since joining the executive administrative staff his duties include overseeing the Community Risk Reduction program and manages the Fire Marshal Office. He does so while balancing relationships with internal and external resources to make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens. Chief Cota is also responsible for departmental functions such as policies, budget, health and wellness initiatives and strategic planning.
Chief Cota has held a long standing seat as the Chairman of the Board for Midland Municipal Employee's Credit Union and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Midland Fireman's Relief and Retirement Board.
Chief Cota spends most of his spare time mentoring young athletes by instilling teamwork, accountability and discipline while coaching his son's football and baseball teams.