Greenwood County fire boss leaving county
Joe Kennedy accepts job in private sector; search is on for replacement
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:26 AM
Greenwood County Fire Coordinator Joe Kennedy is leaving his post with the county after accepting a new job in the private sector.
On Monday, Kennedy and Greenwood County emergency services director Derek Kinney confirmed Kennedy's resignation. Kennedy's last day with the county will be Friday.
Kennedy said he accepted a job with ChemStone, a chemical company that works with the pulp and paper industry. Kennedy said he will work as an equipment coordinator with the company.
Kennedy, who was long involved in firefighting, was Greenwood County's fire coordinator for about 10 months.
He said he enjoyed his time with Greenwood County.
“It's been great,” Kennedy said. “The guys in the volunteer departments have pulled together and supported me. I am just pleased. I hate the fact that I'm leaving the county, due to the fact that we have built camaraderie.
“As long as the county stands behind them, I think the momentum with the volunteer fire departments will continue on. We've built something in 10 months that I don't want to see fail. And I don't think it will.”
Kennedy said he was not actively seeking a new job. However, the opportunity with ChemStone presented itself and he thought it was the best move for him and his family.
He said he plans to continue to be a volunteer firefighter in Greenville County.
Kinney said Kennedy did a solid job for Greenwood County.
“I thought Joe did a phenomenal job,” Kinney said. “I think we are headed in the right direction with building relationships with the fire service. We are gaining that mutual respect. … I hate he is going. He was a good guy, he was well qualified (to be fire coordinator) and he had the right personality.
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