Fire Commission
The Gary Fire Civil Service Commission oversees the Fire Department’s hiring, promotional and disciplinary processes. The Fire Commission is a six (6) member board created by City Ordinance authorized by State law. Membership to this board is by appointment. The mayor and the City Council each appoint two (2) representatives. Additionally members of the fire service elect two (2) representatives. The Commission Administrative Assistant is responsible for the day to day operation of the Commission. The Commission also hires an attorney to advise it, also to serve as the Hearing Officer in disciplinary matters. The Commission Attorney is Rinzer Williams, III. Current membership of the Commission includes:


  • Chairman – Donald Williamson – Fire Department
  • Vice Chairman – Charles Smith, Sr. – Council
  • Juana McLaurin – Fire Department
  • James Rufus Nelson – Mayor
  • Bishop Norman Hairston, II – Council
  • Diane LaLiberte – Mayor

The Commission meets every third Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at Hudson-Campbell Sports & Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St. Gary IN, 46402.