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☷ Pittsylvania County Virginia - Chris Key Named Interim Public Safety Director for Pittsylvania County
Pittsylvania County , state Virginia ( By Press Release office)
With decades of experience in firefighting and public safety operations , Chris Key has been named the Interim Director of Pittsylvania County Public Safety . After a long and accomplished career with the City of Danville Fire Department and volunteer fire experience across several agencies , Key started as the Deputy Director for Pittsylvania County Public Safety on December 1 , 2021 .
I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead Pittsylvania County Public Safety through this transition period , Key said . I am honored to play a role in guiding and administering the critical services that the Public Safety Department provides to our entire community .
Since joining the Public Safety Department late last year , Key has supported several instrumental administrative and operational projects . In addition to coordinating with each of the County ' s volunteer agencies , Key has equipped the County ' s new air truck to serve as a mobile air supply system , secured firefighting gear for each of the Public Safety EMT/Firefighters , and helped manage the allocation of ARPA funds for volunteer stipends and agency purchases .
Chris Key has demonstrated professionalism during his extensive journey in public safety , both as a volunteer and career provider , said Interim County Administrator Clarence Monday . I am confident that he will effectively lead the Public Safety Department through this transition . ”
Chris Key has decades of experience in public safety and fire service management and operations . Key spent more than 30 years with the Danville Fire Department , rising to the rank of Battalion Chief beginning in 2014 . He also has memberships at volunteer departments across the Piedmont , including Brosville Volunteer Fire and Rescue . Key holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Danville Community College .
This announcement comes after Chris Slemp , who had served as the Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director since 2017 , was
promoted to Director of Operations
. Key will assume his new duties beginning on May 1 . The details for appointing the permanent Public Safety Director will be announced in the near future .
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