After an extensive search, Mt. Juliet Public Safety Director Andy Garrett announced this evening at the Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners meeting that the selection committee has selected Erron Kinney as Mt. Juliet’s Fire Chief.
It is expected that Kinney will assume his duties as Fire Chief within the coming weeks.
“I know that Erron Kinney’s exceptional qualifications and experience make him the best fit for our City,” said Garrett. “Chief Kinney brings with him well over 20 years of exemplary service in all aspects of fire department management, coupled with his deep roots within the Middle Tennessee community.”
Kinney brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Currently, Kinney serves as Fire and Rescue Services Coordinator with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency in Franklin. He previously served as a Captain for the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina and as a firefighter in Brentwood. In 2004, the Tennessee Governor appointed him to a seven-year term with the Tennessee State Firefighting Commission, which is an organization that tests and certifies firefighters in the state. A former NFL player with the Tennessee Titans, Kinney is well-known throughout Tennessee and well-involved in the community. Prior to his NFL career, Kinney attended the University of Florida where he majored in elementary education.
“It’s is very humbling, an honor, and a privilege to be appointed as Mt. Juliet’s Fire Chief. I am excited about working in one of Middle Tennessee’s best cities. I am extremely excited about the opportunities that are ahead for the city’s new fire department,” Kinney said.
City Manager Kenny Martin said that the passion for fire protection Kinney showed is what impressed him and the rest of the panel that was charge of finding the new chief.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we made the right decision,” said Martin.
At the Mt. Juliet Fire Department, Chief Kinney will be responsible for building the department from the ground up. Starting with one fire station that is currently under construction, Kinney will command Mt. Juliet’s new fire department that will be responsible for fire suppression and rescue. Staffing, training, equipment specification and procurement will also be significant issues in the beginning of his new appointment.
In addition, Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin felt it was best to select the fire department’s second-in-command during this process. Public Safety Director Andy Garrett also announced that James Luffman was selected as Captain. Luffman is currently a firefighter at Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and a resident of Mt. Juliet. Luffman’s start date is pending final budget approvals.