At her weekly meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8, Commissioner Bebe Heiskell announced Fort Oglethorpe Fire Chief Randy Camp will become Walker’s new chief Sept. 17.
Camp has already turned in his resignation to the Fort Oglethorpe city council. His last day with Fort Oglethorpe will be Sept. 14.
Nine people — five from inside the Walker County department and four from outside — applied for the job.
“I just think he’s the right one for the job,” said Heiskell.
“I look at it as a challenge,” said Camp, who will head the reorganization of the Walker department once he comes on board.
Camp is anxious to provide an effective fire department and maintain a high level of protection for the people.
Camp was chief when the Walker County Fire and Rescue Department was established in 1995, and served as chief of both the county and Fort Oglethorpe departments through 1996.
Current Walker chief Scotty McClure worked with Camp before. McClure declined comment Wednesday.
“I feel like Scotty and the other firemen will work with me and not against me to bring the department to where it needs to be,” Camp said.
In 1995, some were angry at the consolidation of local fire departments under Walker County Fire and Rescue, according to Camp. However, only one fireman out of 220 left during that time, he added.
Camp plans to incorporate some of the same ideas for Walker County as he used for Fort Oglethorpe.
He will push for fire ordinances and county-wide water for fire hydrants to better serve the county. Camp wants to educate the people through the media and school fire education programs.
In other business Wednesday:
n Heiskell signed a $5,000 agreement with Consolidated Technologies Inc. to research the sewage system in the Happy Valley area.
n The commissioner signed a certificate of ownership and agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation, stating the county would maintain roads to be resurfaced. Portions of Bandy Estates Road, Johnson Road, Ringgold Road, and Ridgewood Drive will be leveled and resurfaced