Chief Flanagan has served as Winthrop’s Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management since 2008. Prior to his appointment as Fire Chief, Chief Flanagan served as Captain and Operations Officer for 21 years and has been a member of the Winthrop Fire Department since 1978. Mr. Flanagan serves as Winthrop’s jurisdictional point of contact (JPOC) for Boston’s Urban Areas Security Initiative and continues to be an active participant in metropolitan Boston’s emergency planning community. In addition, Chief Flanagan serves as a member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Board of Directors where he provides oversight and policy direction to the authority that provides water and sewer services to over 3 million residents and that operates the Deer Island Wastewater Facility. Mr. Flanagan studied electrical science at the Franklin Institute of Technology and Fire Science at North Shore Community College.