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Garner names new fire chief

Posted November 18, 2010

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— The independent board of Garner Volunteer Fire-Rescue Inc. on Wednesday named Matthew Poole chief of the department.

Poole succeeds Phil Mitchell, who retired in June amid a state probe into the disappearance of nearly $400,000 in department funds. The department's former bookkeeper was charged last month with embezzlement in the case.

Poole, 33, who has served as interim chief for the past six months, began volunteering with the Garner department in 1995 and later rose through the ranks.

The department's board also named Tim Herman, 33, as deputy chief. He joined the department as a volunteer in 1996 and has served as captain for the last eight years.


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  • YouDontSay Nov 19, 2010

    Awesome... I know they will do a great job.. Just keep your hands out of the cookie jar, and concentrate on what you are there for.

  • Baybee Doll Nov 18, 2010

    Congratulations to both of them.

  • justafella Nov 18, 2010

    Congrats to both!