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Dawson County fire chief moving on to new position in Roswell
Fire Chief Danny Thompson, right, looks on with kids and community members as the new Engine 3 at Fire Station 3 off Harmony Church Road is initiated during a ceremony in August 2019. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County is now looking for its next fire and emergency services director. 

Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Danny Thompson has resigned, with his official last day being Aug. 23, according to a letter which DCN obtained through an open records request. He will stay until that time to help with preparing for the next fiscal year's Fire & EMS budget. 

He will be leaving for a battalion chief position with the Roswell Fire Department but will still live in the Dawson area with his family, he told DCN Wednesday. 

RFD announced Thompson’s hiring as a battalion chief in an earlier July Facebook post, and Dawson County has started the search for someone to fill his leadership position. 

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Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, July 26. An annual salary of $77,780 is being advertised for the full-time Fire, EMS and emergency management position. 

More information about the job and application process is available through the Dawson County HR department’s “Job Openings” webpage. 

Thompson’s career thus far in public service spans over three decades. He’s previously worked with fire departments in Henry and Butts counties, as well as the Butts County Sheriff’s Department and City of McDonough Police.

Thompson started working with RFD in 2007. Meanwhile, he served as a fire captain and training officer at the Sandy Springs Fire Department, from which he retired in 2016. From 2005 until 2018, Thompson also worked for the Parsons Corporation as a Traffic Incident Management Specialist and as a project manager for the South Carolina Department of Transportation Traffic Incident Management and State Highway Emergency Program. 

Fire Chief Danny Thompson

In April 2018, Thompson started the director position in Dawson County. Five years prior to being hired for the full-time job, he served as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in Dawson County.

During his stint as Fire & EMS Chief and EMA Director, Thompson helped manage both sides of emergency services amidst continued growth in the county. Like other such departments over the past two years, he’s been at the helm of the department which has grappled with operating during the COVID-19 pandemic and acquiring sufficient personnel and supplies for the future. 

Thompson wrote in his resignation letter that he appreciated the opportunities that the Board of Commissioners and County Manager David Headley were able to give him by providing the Fire & EMS leadership job. 

“When I started four years ago, I had one goal and that was to make Dawson County Fire/EMS a premier department,” Thompson said in his letter.

In his follow-up call with DCN, Thompson called it a “true honor and privilege of working with some of the best firefighters and paramedics that the state has.” 

He reiterated his gratitude for the Dawson opportunity and looks forward to seeing who will assume the position next and steward the growing county and Fire & EMS department. 

“I look forward to seeing it (the department) grow as a resident,” he said. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with Chief Thompson over the past four years,” David Headley said. “He has been an asset to the community and will be greatly missed.  We wish him all the best.”