Portales fire chief retiring after 20 years on force

Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — After more than 20 years of service for the Portales Fire Department, Jesse Mowrer is hanging up his fire hat and putting away his boots to spend more time with his family.

Mowrer has worked for the fire department for almost 21 years in different capacities ranging from firefighter, emergency management director, battalion chief to fire chief. Mowrer’s resignation will be effective Oct. 1.

Mowrer said retirement will allow him to spend more time with his daughters and attend their activities such as band performances and sporting events.
“I decided to spend more time with my kids while they are still young,” Mowrer said.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be able to have the opportunity to spend time with them. I’m going to miss the people, the camaraderie. It’s like being family here. I love the excitement.”

His wife, Donna Mowrer is the senior prosecutor for the Ninth Judicial District Court.

“At times it gets hard,” Jesse Mowrer said about he and his wife’s efforts to spend with their children. “We’ve been able at times to work it out, but there are occasions where we are real busy.”

Mowrer was named interim fire department chief in March 2004 after Steve Beaty retired. He was named fire chief of the 24-member fire department six months later.