Whisler has worked for the department for 28 years. He became chief in 2002, after working up the ladder as a firefighter, rescue specialist, equipment operator, fire marshal, battalion chief and assistant chief of operations.
From the city's news release:
As Fire Chief, Whisler has been responsible for directing the operations and administrative details of 11 fire stations, with construction underway for Fire Station No. 12. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baptist Bible College and has obtained numerous professional certifications and completed the Leadership Springfield program.
"Our community is very fortunate to have the highest level of professionalism in our Fire Department and that can be attributed to Dan’s leadership and excellent management staff and firefighters," City Manager Bob Cumley said. "We will miss Dan very much, but want to wish him all the best for a long and well-deserved retirement."