Bradley County Fire-Rescue has a new fire chief.
Troy Maney was approved as the new chief during the Bradley County Commission’s voting session Monday.
“He has almost 30 years’ management experience. ... He has many years of experience as the deputy chief of Bradley County Fire-Rescue. He assisted in the merger with the Charleston Fire Department. He also assisted with the merger of the Bradley County Fire-Rescue,” Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said. “As you’ll recall, Charleston was a separate fire department up until recent years.”
Rescue had also been operating as a separate budget until the last few years.
Each commissioner received a copy of Maney’s resume.
Davis said several resumes were received from both locally and out of state.
First District Commissioner Ed Elkins, a member of the fire board, said he would have liked to see the board more involved in the selection processs.
“I guess I’m a little disappointed that we get this dropped on us at a voting session to make a confirmation and I have no idea how many people applied,” Elkins said.
Maney will be replacing interim fire chief Troy Spence. Spence will return his full attention to continuing his work as the Emergency Management Agency director.
“Troy succeeded in all of the things he was asked to do,” Davis said.
Many of these focused on preparing the department for operating without a contract with the Cleveland Fire Department to cover the fringe area. The contract ended July 1.
Commissioners thanked Spence for his work.
Spence had come into the interim position when Dewey Woody left for a position at the state level.
Another county personnel change is also coming to the position of environmental officer. Environmental officer Joe Renner announced his resignation during Monday’s meeting. Renner will be taking a position as security officer at Bendabout Farms. He will remain a reserve deputy with the Sheriff’s Office.
Several commissioners praised and thanked Renner for his work in the position.
Also during the meeting:
n Commissioners discussed some concerns about dogs now that animal control is not operating outside the city limits. Renner said he was compiling a list of volunteer shelters for the next environmental officer to contact for relocation of a pet in animal cruelty cases. Commission Chairman Louie Alford said assistant to the Commission Lorri moultrie was also compiling a list of such organizations for each commissioner to provide recommendations if they receive calls about animal issues.
n McDonald resident Jeff Rains expressed concern about not getting information from the Sheriff’s Office after he had a trailer stolen.
He also expressed concern about not seeing a deputy patrolling his area.
“If you do see one, they’re running about 40 mph through there with their windows up,” Rains said. “If I got in a fight with a burglar, they wouldn’t know who the good guy was.”
Rains said he would like the community to keep its small-town feel. He mentioned an increase in crime in his area. He said he would like to see more deputies in local neighborhoods and not on the highway.
“We want the police in our neighborhood. We want them to stop, speak to us and know our names,” Rains said.
Commissioner Louie Alford asked Capt. W.G. Campbell, who was present, to talk with Rains about his concerns after the meeting.
Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe asked that the Commission be given an updated copy of the patrol map.