David Coatney has nearly forty years of experience in public safety and currently serves as the Agency Director/CEO of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
Coatney’s fire service career began with the San Antonio Fire Department, where he served for over 25 years, retiring as an assistant fire chief. After this, he became the fire chief for the Round Rock Fire Department, and he later served as the fire chief for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department. Coatney has experience as a firefighter, paramedic, fire company officer, department safety officer, special operations chief, operations chief and emergency management coordinator.
Coatney holds a Master of Public Service Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. He is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Leaders Program in Homeland Security and the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program. Additionally, Coatney holds a Chief Fire Officer Designation and is a Certified Emergency Manager.
Coatney serves as a commissioner on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, chairs the Texas First Responder Advisory Council and is a member of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Advisory Committee.