Sullivan retired in 2012, after 30 years of service with the Cleveland Fire Department.
Sullivan, a lieutenant, was the Fire and Arson investigator for CFD.
“Donnie will be responsible for day-to-day duties, fire and arson investigations as well as fire prevention,” Maney said Friday.
Sullivan and other Bradley County personnel have been visiting Bradley County Schools, teaching students about fire safety and prevention. The firefighting veteran may have retired, but he has never slowed down.
Just after leaving CFD, he accepted the position of arson investigator, working part time under former BCFR chief Dewey Woody.
During his career with CFD, he reached Firefighter Classifications One, Two and Three and attained officer status after several years.
Sullivan was trained as an engineer to operate the systems to deliver water and to fight the fires.
He also completed the law enforcement end of the job and has completed arson investigation training.
Through continuing education to gain experience, he developed certifications in Arson Investigation from UT-Martin, and graduated from the Cleveland State Community College Police Academy and the New Mexico Bomb Technician School, as well as U.S. Department of Justice and FBI programs.