Last week, the Gadsden Civil Service Board approved the promotion of Jeff Morris to assistant chief of the Gadsden Fire Department.
After 31 years of service, Mr. Morris now makes history as the City of Gadsden’s first Black assistant fire chief.
“While the civil service board looks at a variety of factors in their decisions—which, by law, are uninfluenced by the administration—I am appreciative of this historic moment for Gadsden,” said Mayor Craig Ford. “In other areas of city government, I am striving to ensure that we not only have the best-qualified leaders in place but that we also have a city government which is reflective of its citizenry.
“I know it is important for the community to see itself reflected in its leadership, and we appreciate Mr. Morris for his service and leadership to the Gadsden Fire Department,” Ford continued. “Our fire personnel are respected statewide for their professionalism and leadership, and we are proud of their work to keep Gadsden safe.”
Morris has worked for the Gadsden Fire Department since 1991 and was promoted to Commander in 2009. Most recently, he was Commander at Station 6, which covers the North Gadsden region.
Morris holds numerous certifications from the Alabama Fire College in addition to several commendations for community service and bravery.
“Chief Morris has been, and continues to be, an asset to both the community and this department,” said Gadsden Fire Chief Wil Reed. “He brings years of experience with him to his new role. I look forward to working with him on several projects in the upcoming months.”