A veteran state official has been named the new State Fire Marshal.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Christopher Cantrell of Lincoln to the post.
“From regulating power plants to boiler inspections, Chris brings two decades of experience in applying safety codes as our next State Fire Marshal,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “The Fire Marshal has a critical role in protecting public safety, and Chris’ leadership will build on the great work this agency has been doing.”
Cantrell will replace State Fire Marshal Jim Heine, who is retiring at the end of the month after having served the state for 29 years.
Cantrell is 47. He has served as Safety Division Director for the Nebraska Department of Labor since 2014 and Program Manager for the Boiler Inspection Program since 2007. He will retain both positions along with his new duties as Fire Marshal.
Prior to working for the state, Cantrell was an Authorized Nuclear Inspector at The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. Cantrell also served in the United States Navy as a Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator.
Cantrell begins duty as the new State Fire Marshal October 15th. His salary will be $105,000.