After a year with just an interim chief, La Grand now has a new official fire chief. He is Les Thomas, of Webster, Texas. He takes over on June 21st. Thomas has been in the fire service since 1992. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership/Fire Rescue Executive Leadership. He holds a Master Firefighter certification, is a licensed paramedic and is a Tier One National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Candidate.