Hattiesburg fire chief promotes from within, new asst. chief named

Hattiesburg fire chief promotes from within, new asst. chief named
Eddie Wilson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A familiar face at the Hattiesburg Fire Department will be changing ranks and taking the role as assistant chief.

Eddie Wilson, who has been with the department since 1995, has been promoted from lieutenant to assistant chief.

"He is one of those guys I think he has the right mentality, definitely has the right attitude," Hattiesburg Fire Chief Paul Presley said.

Wilson was one of six in the running for the assistant chief position.

"To take on this role as assistant chief, I think it's one of those jobs that I feel like is very important to assistant the chief and working to do the day to day operations," Wilson said.

According to Presley, Wilson will be in charge of three suppression shifts, maintenance of the vehicles, personnel issues as well as taking on day-to-day operations.

When asked why Wilson is qualified to be the assistant chief, Presley said:

"To be the assistant chief, you've got to be able to work with people, and I think he has the right attitude and right personality for that position."

Presley added that Wilson took his civil service test, passed it, and did an interview before he was promoted.

"It's one of those jobs that there is a learning curve to it and I hope to overcome it and try to do the best I can," Wilson said.

Wilson is set to start Monday, Feb. 15, in the new position.