The Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services department now has an interim director.
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Chief Jason Dooley began serving in the interim position effective Aug. 22, according to an Aug. 24 memo from County Manager David Headley.
“I appreciate the board and Mr. Headley’s confidence in me filling this position,” Dooley said to DCN Thursday. “I hope I make the citizens of Dawson County proud.”
Dooley previously served as the Division Chief of Operations/Training for Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services. He is a 15-year veteran of DCFES who started as a firefighter and worked his way up to the division chief position.
“I hope they (citizens) can trust me to have their best interests at the forefront of everything I do here,” Dooley added.
“His appointment ensures a smooth transition for our Emergency Services department, its employees and citizens following the departure of Director Danny Thompson,” Headley said in his memo.
The county is still looking for a permanent person to fill the director position.
Outgoing Fire and EMS Director Danny Thompson left his final Dawson County budget hearing in a Quint 2 fire apparatus, which he was “instrumental in procuring,” back to its quarters near his home in the eastern part of the county, stated a Wednesday DCFES Facebook video post.
Headley added, “I appreciate the dedicated work of Chief Thompson over the years and look forward to working alongside Chief Dooley in continuing to provide quality service to Dawson County and its citizens.”