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Past Chiefs

Greg Leitz, EMS Lieutenant (1998-2002): In 1998, the county hired Greg Leitz to create and supervise the county’s first career EMS operation. As EMS Lieutenant he integrated career EMS providers into an all volunteer fire and EMS community. During his service the department provided EMS service Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Jamie Clark, Director of Fire and EMS (2003-2012): During Director Clark’s tenor the department began providing EMS service 24-hours a day, the department was divided into 3 operational shifts, emergency management was integrated into the Fire and EMS department , firefighters began manning fire apparatus, the department began its fire investigations operation, the department started a Fire and EMS curriculum at the Orange County High School with an associated cadet program to provide students with field experience to compliment their academic learning experiences. The department implemented its own medical protocols and drug box exchange programs. Billing for ambulance transports began. Capital purchases such as ambulances, SCBA’s and ladder trucks where standardized.

Craig Johnson, Interim Director of Fire and EMS (June 2006 – October 2006): While Director Clark was on injury leave between June 2006 and October 2006 Craig Johnson served as Interim Director of Fire and EMS.

Tom Joyce, Interim Director of Fire and EMS (June 2012): In June 2012 during the transition from Director Clark to Chief Harkness, Tom Joyce served as Interim Director of Fire and EMS.

John Harkness, Chief of Fire and EMS (2012-Present): Chief Harkness was hired as the Department’s first Fire Chief on July 1, 2012.