Randy Mullin Becomes New Fire Chief

by Chris Wangler

August 1, 2022

Deputy Andrew “Randy” Mullin was sworn in as Waltham’s new fire chief during a special meeting of the city council on Monday.

“I stand before you humbled and honored in your confidence in me,” the new chief said after a unanimous vote to appoint him.

The Waltham native, Cedarwood resident and youth sports coach has been with the department for 26 years.


A rising star in the department, Mullin will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of former chief Tom MacInnis.

In a communication to the council, mayor Jeannette McCarthy cited the “difficult” decision to recommend Deputy Mullin for the top job over four other “excellent candidates” from Waltham Fire.

The mayor singled out his experience in all divisions of the department and his commitment to professional development.

“Deputy Mullin, on his own initiative, has gone above and beyond in the area of professional development administration and training,” McCarthy said.

In 2017 he graduated with honors from the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Training Program in Maryland. 

He then graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program in 2020.


In 2019 Mullin and other senior WFD officials helped secure roughly $650,000 in federal funding for much-needed new respiratory gear for Waltham firefighters.

Before becoming a Waltham firefighter in 1999, Randy Mullin served as an auxiliary firefighter from 1991 to 1999 and as a clerk in Fire Prevention from 1996 to 1999.

After attending Waltham High School, where he met his wife Kristen, Randy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in management from Bentley. He also earned a Fire Science Associate degree from Middlesex Community College.

On Monday night, he thanked the mayor, city employees, previous fire chiefs, colleagues and especially his wife and children Brady, Holly and Ryan. His father Bernie Mullin is the director of the city's Emergency Management Department.


“I look forward to working with all of you to continue to provide exceptional service to the residents and visitors of our great city,” Randy said.


Peter Lobo photos