Associate in Fire Science, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois, 1980; Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1982; Master of Public Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1986.
Fire fighter Chicago Fire Department, 1962—1972. Fire Lieutenant Fire Prevention Bureau, 1972—1973, company officer, since 1973, Fire Captain, since 1980, Commanding Officer- Air Mask Service Unit. Deputy District Chief. Safety Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital, 1979—1983. Fire safety instructor. Sgt. United States Marine Corps, 1954-1957. Marine Corps Reserve, 1961-1963.
Fire Chief, Williams, Oregon Rural Fire Protection District, 1990-1999.
Robert is the son of Ralph Miles and Mary Alice (Napier) Hartsell. Married to Joan Cunningham on March 3, 1956. Children: Terry Lynn, Tammy Dawn, Toni Renee, Daniel Robert.