City Welcomes New Fire Chief
Posted on 07/23/2019
Travis Hollis
Following a 10-month national search, City of Cape Girardeau leadership is proud to announce Travis Hollis as the new Fire Chief in Cape Girardeau.

Formal Reception:  Monday, Aug. 19 from 3 to 5 pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, immediately before the Council meeting.

Chief Hollis has a diverse skill set and the ability to guide the Fire Department through the daily demands of the city as well as during a time of emergency.  “His work ethic, leadership abilities and determination will make our Fire Department and the City of Cape Girardeau a stronger organization.” said City Manager Scott Meyer of the new hire.   Meyer also notes Hollis’ ability to build internal and external partnerships and his perspective on Community Risk Assessment and Reduction Initiatives.

Hollis has a 24-year background in the fire service. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief with the Rogers, Arkansas Fire Department where he oversaw the Special Operations Team, EMS program and Training Division.  Hollis also has experience in the Operations Division and Community Risk Reduction Division.  He also served in ancillary roles such as accreditation manager, ISO manager, and information technology manager.   Rogers’ population is over 66,000.  

Cape Girardeau’s new Chief holds an Associate Degree in Fire Service Management from Southern Arkansas University Tech, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.  Hollis is also currently a two-year student in the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.  Hollis has both the Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal credentialing from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.  

"It was love at first sight with Cape.  A combination of the genuine hospitality of the residents, the charm of downtown, and the City’s trail system at Cape Woods Conversation Area quickly won me over.  I am looking forward to working as part of the city's executive team while crafting a common
vision with the community and Local 1084 to provide value-added services," said Hollis.
Hollis will move to Cape Girardeau with his family this fall.