Blakely City Council Names New Fire Chief

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

There's a new fire chief in Early County and he's a familiar face.

Early County Fire Chief Kenneth Jones retired on June 30th.

A month later, the Blakely City Council has chosen his successor.

"Outside of the fact he's a hometown person, that he knows everybody in town. He's been with our fire department for 30 plus years and he's a good guy. I think he's a guy that wants to do a good job," Mayor Anthony Howard said.

He's talking about Blakely Native Randy Mcdonald.

"The best reward is helping other people and that's what we do," Mcdonald said.

Mcdonald looks forward to serving the community he knows so well and leading the department.

"I care about these men. These men mean the world to me. The guys that we work with are a great group. I want to do everything I can to make sure they have everything they need to work with and take care of their needs," Mcdonald said.

One of his main goals is to boost volunteer support, so they have extra help for emergencies.

"The main thing we've got to do now - right now in the past few years our volunteer list has dwindled and one thing we've got to do is get that back up," Mcdonald said.

The mayor says his knowledge of the department will be beneficial.

"Boosting the morale of our overall fire department, that's another big part of it which I think Randy will be able to do because he knows everyone personally," Howard said.

"There's no doubt it'll help the morale. I know all of them. I've worked side by side with most of them for 30 some years. Knowing them and knowing what matters to them and what's important to them there's no doubt that's advantage," Mcdonald said.

The new chief promises the community they will stay consistent in serving Early County.

"Everybody up here does a great job. They go beyond the call of duty to help anybody and we just want to save lives and protect property," Mcdonald said.

Joe Howard of Flowery Branch, Georgia was originally offered the job.

However he sent a reconsideration letter last week.

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