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New Carroll County Fire Chief Announced

November 14, 2018

Carroll County Commission Chairman Marty Smith is proud to announce the appointment of Chief Tim Padgett as Carroll County Fire Rescue’s new Fire Chief effective November 14, 2018. He will, also, continue to serve as the County’s Emergency Management Director

Chief Tim Padgett

Chief Padgett is a native of Villa Rica, Georgia graduating from Villa Rica High School in 1982. He began his career in fire and emergency services as a Junior Firefighter with what was then the Carroll County Fire Department and Civil Defense. After graduating High School, he became a fulltime firefighter and quickly advanced in the department by being promoted thru out the ranks of Fire Rescue and Emergency Management. In 1990, he was promoted to Fire Inspector/Deputy Director of Emergency Management. In 1993, he was promoted to Division Fire chief and the Director of Emergency Management. And in 2000, he was named Deputy Fire Chief while remaining as Director of Emergency Management. In 2013 he assumed the responsibility of Interim Fire Chief while continuing to serve as EMA Director until the County appointed a new Chief. And once again, he stepped up to serve as Interim Fire Chief in September of this year.

Tim received the Master Certified Emergency Manager (MCEM) in 1999. He was one of the first in the State of Georgia to receive this certification. He is currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Program for Emergency Manager at Clackamas Community College. His Public Safety Education was earned at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia, the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Tim has served as the President of the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. He has also served on multiple committees for the State of Georgia.

Tim is married to the former Penny Ward, his wife of 32 years. They live in Temple, Georgia and are active members of the Carrollton First United Methodist Church. Tim is an active member of several of the local Civic Clubs in Carroll County.

Chairman Marty Smith: “Tim has done a tremendous job serving as Interim Fire Chief since September 11th. Over the last two months, he has engaged himself by meeting with all staff and determining the major issues within the department and started the process of setting goals to rebuild Fire Rescue. I truly believe Tim’s values, professional experiences and positive leadership style make him the best person to fill this critical position. During his 36 years of service to Carroll County, Tim has proven time and time again his love, commitment and loyalty to the County. Under his leadership, Carroll County has been declared a Federal Disaster Area fifteen times since 1990. Chief Padgett and his command staff are prepared to work with the staff, tools and resources they have to prepare the way for future leadership to provide exceptional public service in the most professional manner.”

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