GAINESVILLE - After spending the last four months on the job as Interim Chief, Jerome Yarbrough has been named the sole finalist for position of Fire Chief for the City of Gainesville.
The announcement came Monday morning from Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett.
Yarbrough has been employed with the City of Gainesville for 28 years, serving in a number of capacities. Yarbrough has served in the Gainesville Fire Prevention Division since 1997, starting as a fire inspector and arson investigator. He served as Fire Marshal before being named Deputy Fire Chief in August 2008 and Interim Fire Chief in October 2012.
City spokeswoman Catiel Felts said the Human Resources Department received 49 applications for the fire chief's position.
Yarbrough is a Gainesville High School graduate and attended Lanier Technical College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, Safe Kids and the City of Gainesville Retirement Board. He also served in the United States Army for 24 years with six years of active duty and 18 years in the Army Reserve as a Staff Sergeant. In addition, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia State Firefighters Association, National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Marshal's Association.