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Lee County names a permanent fire chief

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than a year after the Lee County fire chief retired, a new chief's been named.

Interim Chief James Howell has served as the chief since Joe Pollock retired a year and a half ago. Now it's official, Howell was selected from a pool of four applicants for the job. County Administrator Alan Ours said it was important to promote from within. Howell who's risen through the ranks of the department starting off as a volunteer said his first chief Charles Hardison would be proud.

"I look forward to taking the reigns of the department and being the chief and If I could say one thing, the chief I started under, I hope he's looking down and I hope he's proud," said Chief James Howell, Lee County Fire Department.

The decisions to name a chief had been delayed while the county debated whether to consolidate EMS and Fire services. The Lee County Fire Department employs 25 full time and 15 part time firefighters.

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