The Forsyth County Fire Department will be led by one of their own following the retirement of Fire Chief Danny Bowman on Oct. 16.
Division Chief Barry Head will serve as interim fire chief starting on Oct. 17, the day after Bowman’s retirement. Bowman has served as chief since 2003 and will step down on his 50th anniversary as a firefighter.
“Chief Head has been a great asset to the Forsyth County Fire Department,” said County Manager Eric Johnson, who made the appointment. “He is a qualified leader and is well respected both within and outside the department. Our residents can be assured that Chief Head will continue the excellent job our fire department does in providing life-saving services to our community.”
Head has been with the county since 1990, beginning as a dispatcher for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, eventually reaching the rank of sergeant.
He started with the fire department in 1997, first as a fire inspector then as a firefighter for two years and was promoted to fire lieutenant in 2001 and division chief, fire marshal in 2012.
Head has served as division chief, field operation since 2017, where he is responsible for the daily operations of the department and supervises six battalion chiefs.
During his time with the county, Head has earned certification in 20 areas, including fire investigation and responding to terrorism and has received certification in management development from the University of Georgia, along with tactical and situation training.