Chief Blumenauer began his career with the Midland Fire Department in 1998. He served in all ranks including Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. Blumenauer was promoted to Fire Chief in December of 2017. He holds state certifications as a licensed paramedic, EMS Instructor, and TCFP Master Firefighter, Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II and is also a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy. He earned an Associates in Fire Protection Technology as well as a Bachelors of Organizational Management, each from Midland College.
Chief Blumenauer is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration from Sul Ross State University.
Chief Blumenauer's primary duties include overall budgetary responsibility for the Fire Department. He actively oversees the executive administrative staff in regards to strategic planning, budget development, policy implementation, project management, and team building and leadership activities.
Chief Blumenauer's also works closely with all Midland City Department heads, including City Manager and City Council.