Barry Head will be Forsyth County’s next fire chief, county officials announced Friday, removing the interim tag he’s had since October 2018 after being appointed to the position following the retirement of Chief Danny Bowman.
Head will officially be sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Forsyth County Administration Building.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the confidence of the (county) manager and the (Forsyth County) commission in me, and I look forward to serving alongside them and continuing to build on a great platform that we already have,” Head said. “We have some of the best people in the business already employed with the department, and we’re looking forward to bigger and brighter things.”
When Head is sworn in Thursday, it will be the latest step in his rise up the ranks of Forsyth County public safety departments.
Head’s career in Forsyth County began in 1990 as a dispatcher for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He eventually reached the rank of sergeant, then started with the Forsyth County Fire Department in 1997 as a fire inspector.
Head went on to serve a variety of roles in the department, from firefighter to fire lieutenant to division chief, fire marshal and most recently division chief, field operation, a position he had held since 2017 before Bowman’s retirement.
County Manager Eric Johnson appointed Head as interim fire chief on Oct. 17, 2018.
“During his time as interim chief, Barry Head has shown that he will make an excellent Fire Chief going forward,” said Johnson, who made the hire. “He brings the operational experience and leadership qualities that are important for someone in this role.
“The Forsyth County Fire Department has very good leadership throughout the organization, and the department was headed in the right direction. Because of this, we knew we wanted to promote from within.”