Greenwood County has named the people who will fill the vacant emergency management coordinator and fire coordinator positions, according to county manager Toby Chappell.
Chappell said that Ronald “Joe” Kennedy will assume the duties as Greenwood County’s fire coordinator and George McKinney II will become the new emergency management coordinator. The emergency management coordinator position has been vacant since last August when Eric “Pat” Patterson resigned. Patterson had been on a medical leave of absence for about two months prior to turning in his resignation. The fire coordinator position has been open since Corey Grumelot resigned in Jan. 2011.
McKinney was performing the same job at the state level, a post he held from July 2011 until last week, according to Chappell. McKinney is a native of Hodges and co-owner of McKinney Farms. Prior to becoming director of the S.C. Emergency Management Division, McKinney was the manager of the Greenwood County Public Safety Division. McKinney will assume his duties in Greenwood County on March 18, according to Chappell.
Kennedy was a Lieutenant and paramedic with South Greenville Fire and Rescue in Pelzer, S.C. He has advanced through the ranks as both a firefighter and paramedic, beginning in 1997. Kennedy was named a finalist alongside former Greenwood Fire Department assistant chief Steven Holmes. Kennedy will begin his new role this coming Monday, according to Chappell.
“The process has been long,” Chappell said of filling the two positions. “However, I feel like we have the correct people in the correct places to move Greenwood County forward.”