Fire Chief Finalist AnnouncedGainesville City Manager Kip Padgett today announced Interim Fire
Chief Jerome Yarbrough as the sole finalist for the position of Fire
Chief. Yarbrough has been employed with the City of Gainesville for
28 years and is a Georgia EMT-I. He has served in the Fire Prevention
division since 1997 as a Fire Inspector and Arson Investigator. He
served as Fire Marshal before being named Deputy Fire Chief in
August 2008 and Interim Fire Chief in October 2012.
Yarbrough is a Gainesville High School graduate and attended Lanier
Technical College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for
the Boys & Girls Club, Safe Kids, and the City of Gainesville
Retirement Board. He also served in the United States Army for 24
years with six years of active duty and 18 years in the Army Reserve
as a Staff Sergeant. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Fire
Chiefs, Georgia State Firefighters Association, National Fire Protection
Association and the International Fire Marshal’s Association.
The Human Resources Department received 49 applications for the position.