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Carolina Beach Gets New Fire Chief, Search for Police Chief Continues


Carolina Beach is getting a new fire chief while the hiring process for a new head of town police continues.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that Alan Griffin will start fighting fires in a few weeks.

Griffin is currently the Director of Emergency Services for Montgomery County, a post he’s been in since 2007.

His firefighting experience includes work as the assistant fire marshal for Moore County, a fire suppression lieutenant for the village of Pinehurst, and fire chief for the town of Biscoe.

Griffin will replace Jon Rorie who left in December to take a job in Georgia.

The search for a police chief continues and Carolina Beach Town Manager Tim Owen says they are in the process of conducting candidate interviews. The previous police chief William Younginer retired in December.

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After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.