News Flash

Home - News

Posted on: November 2, 2021

Brandon Ellis named Gainesville fire chief’s successor

Brandon Ellis headshot

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Nov. 2, 2021) – The City of Gainesville has decided who will fill the shoes of Gainesville Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough upon his retirement Dec. 31.

Gainesville Fire Capt. Brandon Ellis, of Clermont, will assume the role of chief Jan. 1, 2022. Ellis was one of several candidates interviewed during a weeks-long internal search by Yarbrough and City management.

“During this process of transition, Brandon presented a clear vision and strategic plan to lead the Gainesville Fire Department (GFD) into the next decade, building upon what Chief Yarbrough has built,” said Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey. “Brandon understands the challenge of following Chief Yarbrough and clearly conveyed his plan of how to engage community leaders to build relationships and continue the sense of trust the community has in GFD. Additionally, he has demonstrated a readiness to present his strategic plan to the men and women of GFD to cultivate their buy-in to his and the City’s vision. I am excited about the future of GFD.”

Ellis, who has 20 years of experience in public safety, has served in his present role since June 2004. Prior to his career with the City, Ellis served as a firefighter for Hall County Fire Services from September 2001-June 2004.

“This community has grown vastly over my lifetime with one constant – the service that the Gainesville Fire Department has provided,” Ellis said. “Stepping into this exciting new chapter, I want to highlight the reasons why we serve: family, friends and community.”

“Excited and eager” for the challenges that come with the leadership position, Ellis said he’s mostly looking forward to the new possibilities awaiting GFD personnel as the department moves forward.

“Filling the role of fire chief holds both challenges and unknowns, but so does every new adventure,” Ellis said. “I'm excited to serve the men and women of this exceptional department and eager to see where our journey will lead.”

While Mayor Danny Dunagan voiced sadness over Yarbrough’s departure, he expressed confidence in the City’s ability to replace him with a strong, capable and motivated leader who puts Gainesville and its people first.

“We look forward to seeing Capt. Ellis build upon the solid foundation laid by Chief Yarbrough during his nearly four decades with the City,” Dunagan said. “Through the years, GFD has maintained an ISO Rating of 1, a well-trained staff, plus world-class equipment and facilities. Chief Yarbrough has set Capt. Ellis up for success in more ways than one, and I’m excited to see him make the department his own while also taking it to new heights.”

A September 2020 graduate of Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala., Ellis has an associate of science in fire science. Ellis also graduated from Lanier Technical College in December 2001 where he gained the education and training required to become an emergency medical technician.

Starting this week, Ellis will begin shadowing Chief Yarbrough through the end of the year.

Chief Yarbrough has served the City 37 faithful years in different capacities with GFD, leaving behind a legacy of devoted public service. Having started as a firefighter in 1984, he worked his way up to become the first African-American chief in Gainesville’s 200-year history.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home - News

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Avocados Restaurant

Posted on: February 19, 2024
Phillips Trading Co.

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Phillips Trading Co.

Posted on: February 12, 2024
The Uniform Shop

MUST-TRY MONDAY | The Uniform Shop

Posted on: February 5, 2024
ClearView Optical

MUST-TRY MONDAY | ClearView Optical

Posted on: January 29, 2024
Beautiful Mess Jewelry

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Beautiful Mess Jewelry

Posted on: January 22, 2024
Alpha Gyro Grill

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Alpha Gyro Grill

Posted on: January 15, 2024
2 Old Crows

MUST-TRY MONDAY | 2 Old Crows

Posted on: December 18, 2023
Moe's Record Shop

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Moe’s Record Shop

Posted on: December 11, 2023
The Inked Pig

MUST-TRY MONDAY | The Inked Pig

Posted on: December 4, 2023
Riverside Roofing

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Riverside Roofing

Posted on: November 27, 2023
Dress Up Gainesville

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Dress Up Boutique

Posted on: November 20, 2023
Southern Baked Pie Co.

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Southern Baked Pie Co.

Posted on: November 13, 2023
Standard Service

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Standard Service

Posted on: November 6, 2023

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Collegiate Grill

Posted on: October 30, 2023

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Arte Tattoo Studios

Posted on: October 23, 2023
Cotto Modern Italian

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Cotto Modern Italian

Posted on: October 16, 2023
Taqueria Tsunami

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Taqueria Tsunami

Posted on: October 9, 2023
Downtown Sports Cards

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Downtown Sports Cards

Posted on: September 25, 2023
Meadowlark Coffee

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Meadowlark Coffee

Posted on: September 18, 2023
Acuna's Cake Shoppe

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Acuna’s Cake Shoppe

Posted on: September 11, 2023
345170220_1279957725952360_7726899044621718701_n

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Established Design Co.

Posted on: September 4, 2023
Purchase Effect

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Purchase Effect

Posted on: August 28, 2023
IMG_4831

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Boarding Pass Coffee

Posted on: August 21, 2023
Kilwins Gainesville

MUST-TRY MONDAY | Kilwins Gainesville

Posted on: August 14, 2023

Fall in love with Gainesville event season

Posted on: September 30, 2021

Lake Lanier: Gainesville's crown jewel

Posted on: August 31, 2021

First Friday concert slated June 4

Posted on: June 1, 2021
Donuts

GET YOUR GRUB ON!

Posted on: May 13, 2021

DWR set for weekend water outage

Posted on: April 13, 2021
Cupcake

GET YOUR GRUB ON!

Posted on: April 1, 2021

New WeGo vanpool service launching Dec. 14

Posted on: December 11, 2020

Red & Blue 5K open to public

Posted on: January 25, 2021