Last updated: April 17. 2014 11:24AM - 2989 Views
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After nearly four months serving as interim fire chief, Capt. Dennis Knight was appointed as the official Troup County Fire Department Fire Chief April 8.

Knight will also maintain his position as Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to serve the community in a larger capacity as both the EMA director and fire chief and it gives me the chance to make sure that our firefighters have what they need to do their job and have what they need to serve and protect the citizens of Troup County,” he said.

Knight said he is currently working on a strategic plan looking into the next 10 years, outlining areas that need improvement as he moves forward.

When he started as interim chief, Knight said he did not know if the position would lead to a permanent post, though it has always been a goal of his.

The fire department and position of fire chief has been in the headlines recently with the allegations by Tripp Foster and the tumultuous debate at the county commissions meeting last week.

Knight did not have much to say about the latest events, but said he is concentrating on doing his job and that it will not impact how he leads the fire department.

“I’m excited to be able to be part of preparing the department for the future,” he said.

Knight’s career with the Troup County Fire Department began back in 1985 when he was still in high school as a volunteer. After serving in the Army and getting married, Knight came back in 1988 as a full-time firefighter until 2005 when he was promoted to Lieutenant and served in the training office.

In 2009, after becoming a certified emergency manager he was promoted to Captain and started as the EMA Director.

Knight is taking over for Fire Chief Jerry Heard who retired after nearly 25 years with the department.

Looking forward, Knight said he hopes to be in the position for many years to come.

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