Rocky Mount names new fire chief

Posted May 13, 2010

— Rocky Mount officials on Thursday named a deputy chief from Carrboro as the city's new fire chief.

William “Trey” Mayo will assume his new position on June 1. He succeeds J. Keith Harris, who retired on April 1.

“Mayo’s impressive range of work experience, coupled with his educational and professional background, make him uniquely qualified to continue in the department’s long history of outstanding leadership,” City Manager Stephen Raper said in a statement.

Mayo began his career with the Raleigh Fire Department, where he rose to the position of fire captain. Since 2006, he has served as deputy chief of fire and rescue in Carrboro, where he oversees fire suppression, medical response, extrication and rescue and directs that fire department’s training program.

A native of Plymouth, he has an associate degree in fire protection technology from Wilson Technical Community College, a bachelor's degree in industrial relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.

He was recently selected as the Southeast regional director for the National Society of Executive Fire Officers.


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  • clewis May 18, 2010

    Chief Trey Mayo deserves CONGRATULATIONS! We will miss you in Carrboro but understand the career ladder that can take you back home is wonderful. Come back for visits when you can.

  • firecaptain2000 May 14, 2010

    Congratulations Trey! Welcome back to God’s country.