GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier welcomed the city's newest fire chief Tuesday. Selected out of 25 applicants, Captain Robert O. Jones was sworn in during Tuesday's city council meeting.
Jones' career in fire prevention spans two decades. According to the city, his 24 years of experience actually started at the Gautier Fire Department at the age of 22.
He was appointed to interim fire chief on June 29, 2013 by City Manager Samantha Abell.
"As interim, Chief Robert Jones demonstrated that he is a natural leader, a strategic thinker and dedicated team builder. He is a lifelong resident of Jackson County who truly loves his community and its natural resources. We have worked side by side in recent months to explore opportunities with local, state and federal officials. He joins a top-notch professional team dedicated to moving south Mississippi forward. He is the right chief, at the right time," Abell said.
Jones is the fourth fire chief to hold the position in the city.
"I look forward to committing full dedication and inspiration to managing the everyday operations of personnel and facilities while providing the training, discipline and educational needs to my department," Robert said.