Mikil Smith


Mick Smith is a fourth-generation fire fighter and was blessed to have both his parents work on the fire department, so it no wonder what he was going to do as a career. He began his career with the Robbins Fire Department at a young age as a fire cadet in 1992 and has been an active member of the fire service since. Mick remained with the Robbins Fire Department eventually rising to the rank of Acting Fire Chief. While working at the Robbins Fire Department, Mick was also a member of the Phoenix Fire Department. During his tenure at the Phoenix Fire Department Mick rose to the rank of Fire Chief, becoming the youngest chief in the department’s history at 31; and being one of the few dual chiefs in the state. Mick is currently the fire Chief for the Village of Riverdale where he oversees all fire suppression and the village building department / inspectional services. Mick received his associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College in Fire Service Management and has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in Public Safety Management, as well as his master’s degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security Administration. Mick is a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute affectionately known as EDI class of 2015. Mick Smith is the President of the Brotherhood of Black Smoke Firefighters association for the south suburbs of Chicago and a member of the Black Chief Officers Committee. He is an adjunct instructor for the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute, and the Chairman of the recruitment and retention committee. Mick is the Facility Coordinator for the Fire and EMS program for a local community college, in addition, Mick has also instructed for multiple fire academy’s in the Chicago-land area. Mick created the Phoenix Fire Academy, with the help of then fire chief Howard Fisher, that allowed minorities to attend a fire academy at an affordable price, never exceeding $500. This saw the creation of over 100 new black firefighters. Mick is a successful grant writer securing over 3 million dollars for multiple fire department. Mick has dedicated his life to the fire service and the uplifting of minorities in it.