The Town of Smithfield has scheduled a Meet and Greet with the two finalists for the next fire chief. Former Fire Chief John Blanton retired in June.
The finalists are Mike Morton, Assistant Fire Marshal for the City of Winston-Salem and Michael Brown, Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Wilson.
Mike Morton currently serves as the Assistant Fire Marshal for the City of Winston-Salem, with previous experience as the Fire Chief for the Town of Elkin, N.C., a Recruit Academy Chief for LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, and a Senior Responder for the Avery County Rescue Squad. In this role, he oversees fire and explosion investigations, provides guidance on fire code enforcement, and represents the city on the Forsyth County Incident Management Team. Mr. Morton has worked in the emergency service field for 20 years on behalf of departments in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee, and as a Firefighter/Lieutenant in Iraq. He was recently recognized by the Center for Public Safety Excellence as a CFAI peer assessor.
Mike Brown currently serves as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Wilson Fire Department, after previously moving up through the ranks from Firefighter to Battalion Chief. In this role, he assists with the management of all department operations, training, and logistics, and is directly responsible for budgeting, accreditation, strategic planning, and engagement with internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the department. With over 35 years of municipal and volunteer fire service, he received a Chief Fire Officer Designation in 2020, his Masters in Fire Service Leadership in 2010, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program.
Both candidates will participate in a meet and greet on Thursday August 12th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Smithfield Town Hall. The public can meet with the candidates and ask questions.
Following the meeting, any input from citizens can be made by calling 919-989-1077 or by emailing Town Manager Mike Scott.