Command Staff

Pro. Photo T. Drake

Interim Fire Chief 

Taner Drake

Chief Drake is currently the interim fire chief.  He resides originally from Odessa, Tx. and began his career in 1992 in the Odessa Fire Department rising up the ranks to Assistant Chief over Fire and EMS Operations.  He served for 7 years as the Fire Chief of the Victoria Fire Department.  He has a Master's Degree in Art with an emphasis in Public Administration, a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois and is an EFO graduate from the National Fire Academy.  He is married to his wife of 32 years, has 2 adult children and 2 granddaughters.  His goal is to work with members of the Tomball FD to ensure the delivery of excellent customer service and a professional approach in all interactions.  

Joe Sykora
Assistant Chief - Fire Marshal

Joe holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Emergency Management Administration from West Texas A&M. Additionally, he holds many certifications, including, but not limited to: TEEX Fire Service Chief Executive Officer, LEMIT Fire Executive Manager (First Class), Master Firefighter, Inspector and Investigator. He was awarded the Officer of the Year in 2012. In addition to serving Tomball; he has served the community of Cy-Fair and the City of Houston. He has been serving the Tomball community since 2008, where he has served as a Part-Time Firefighter, a Lieutenant, a Captain, and now the city’s Fire Marshal. Joe hopes to one day pursue City Management. In addition, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and traveling.

Administrative Staff

Jeff Cook
Logistics Specialist

Jeff began his career in the Fire Service as a Junior Firefighter with Ponderosa Fire Department. He has served the communities of Klein, Spring, and Humble. He currently serves as a District Chief for the Houston Fire Department and Logistics Specialist for Tomball. Jeff holds many awards and honors, including, but not limited to: the Chief’s Award and Fire Fighter of the Year. Jeff hopes to be the best he can and plans to continue his college education. In addition, Jeff serves as a principle member of the NFPA Technical Committee- Electric Safety Equipment. He enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters.
Shera Carriker
Administrative Assistant

Shera graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She is a member of two honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, an all disciplined honor society, and Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honor society. She has previously served as a teacher with Wyndham ISD and Spring ISD. She has also served has a Victim's Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant with Hardin County and has served multiple different positions with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Shera hopes to retire and enjoy her life with her husband, kids and grandkids. In addition, her family enjoys fostering for the Abandoned Animal Rescue.
Shera Carriker