Staff Bios

  1. Fire Chief Victor B. Williams

    Victor Williams

    Fire Chief
    Phone: 615-452-2771
    Chief Victor Williams is a first generation firefighter. He began his career in Delray Beach, Florida with the Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department on November 30, 1992. He devoted 23 years to the department and the community. Chief Williams separated from the Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department in January 2016 and joined the Gallatin Fire Department on March 7, 2016. During his tenure, he has sought to increase organization diversity, expand organization professional standards and professional standing, and enhance our service capacity and service delivery.

    Chief Williams is a veteran of the armed forces and holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organization Management, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership. Chief Williams also holds the Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the Chief Fire Officer designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Williams is married to his wife Joyce and they have four adult children.

  2. Assistant Chief of Operations Walter “Tommy” Dale, Jr.

    Walter Dale, Jr.

    Assistant Chief of Operations
    Phone: 615-452-2771
    Assistant Chief Tommy Dale is a second generation firefighter. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Tommy Sr., who retired as a Captain with the Gallatin Fire Department after 19 years of service. Chief Dale started his career as a volunteer in 1972 and became a full-time firefighter with GFD in 1973. Chief Dale has served in many capacities within the organization and have many memories, many of them joyful; a few heartbreaking in his more than 44 years of service to the Gallatin community.

    Chief Dale has witnessed the growth and expansion of Gallatin. He is proud to be a member of the Gallatin Fire Department and proud to call Gallatin home. Chief Dale says, thank you Gallatin, for allowing me to have the most rewarding and fulfilling job I could ever have hoped for.

  3. Assistant Chief of Administration Robert Richie, Jr.

    Robert Richie, Jr.

    Assistant Chief of Administration
    Phone: 615-452-2771

    Assistant Chief Robert Richie currently serves as Assistant Chief of Administration. Chief Richie began his fire service career with Gallatin Fire Department in 1993 and has advanced through the ranks serving in several capacities. Prior to joining GFD, Chief Richie gained fire service experience with several volunteer departments in Tennessee and Kentucky.

    Chief Richie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master in Public Administration from Tennessee State University, and is a Tennessee licensed Advanced EMT. He is married to his wife Kandi and have four step children.


  4. Fire Marshal John Stan Gwaltney

    Stan Gwaltney

    Fire Marshal
    Phone: 615-452-2771
    Fire Marshal John Stan Gwaltney is a 44 year veteran of the Gallatin Fire Department. He is a lifelong resident who attended St. John Vianney and Gallatin High School. He began his career with GFD in 1973 and has served in many capacities.

    Fire Marshal Gwaltney developed and implemented the initial hazardous materials response training for GFD and was an instructor for the Fire Department Conference for several years. Gwaltney holds memberships with Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association, the National Association of Fire/Explosive Investigators, and the National Association of Bomb Technicians.

  5. Battalion Chief Todd Wagoner

    Todd Wagoner

    Battalion Chief of Training
    Phone: 615-452-2771
    Battalion Chief Todd Wagoner has 28 years of fire service experience. He began in the fire service in 1988 as a volunteer for Lafayette Fire Department, a combination department and eventually progressed into a career department. Over the span of his career, Chief Wagoner has served in several capacities such Firefighter-Engineer, Lieutenant, Staff Captain, and now serving as Battalion Chief of Training.

    Recent accomplishments of Chief Wagoner includes completing the Training Officer Credential designation through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and completing an AAS degree in Fire Science.

  6. Battalion Chief Mickey Summers

    Mickey Summers

    Battalion Chief
    Phone: 615-452-2771

    Battalion Chief Mickey Summers was born into a family of firefighters in Gallatin, TN. Chief Summers began his career in the fire service at the age of seventeen with the Sumner County Volunteer Fire Department. In September of 1995, Chief Summers began his professional career with the Gallatin Fire Department as a firefighter.

    Chief Summers advanced through the ranks and now oversees the day to day operations of B-Shift and also serves as an Operations Chief of the Sumner County Emergency Management Agency. Chief Summers is married to his wife, Amy. Together they have a son and a daughter, Beau and Olivia.


  7. Battalion Chief Mark Jenkins

    Mark Jenkins

    Battalion Chief
    Phone: 615-452-2771

    Battalion Chief Mark Jenkins first entered the fire service in 1985. In 1996, Chief Jenkins began his employment with the Gallatin Fire Department where he has served in the capacity of Firefighter, Firefighter Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and currently holds the position of Battalion Chief.

    Chief Jenkins is a Tennessee State Certified Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer II, Emergency Medical Responder, and Fire Code Inspector 1. He is presently studying Fire Science at Volunteer State Community College to further his knowledge in the fire service industry. Chief Jenkins is the Battalion Chief supervising the day-to-day operations of C-Shift.


  8. Battalion Chief Rodney Pryor

    Rodney Pryor

    Battalion Chief
    Phone: 615-452-2771

    Battalion Chief Rodney Pryor was born and raised in Gallatin and has studied at Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy, Volunteer State Community College, and Motlow State Community College. He is presently a National Registry EMT and is the Battalion Chief supervising the day-to-day operations of A-shift.


  9. Executive Administrative Assistant Kenya D. Williams

    Kenya Williams

    Executive Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 615-452-2771

    Kenya D. Williams a Mississippi native, joined the Gallatin Fire Department in 2015 to provide administrative support to the Fire Chief. Over the past 13 years Ms. Williams has worked in various positions within the public safety field. Ms. Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi Valley State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Strayer University, and has recently completed a Basic Emergency Medical Technician certification at Volunteer State Community College.