HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced his nomination to lead the Hattiesburg Fire Department on Monday. The next day, city council members unanimously approved Sherrocko Stewart as the city's new fire chief. His first day in the new role will be June 18.
"The Hattiesburg Fire Department has a proud history of cultivating well-trained, courteous and professional firefighters," Barker said. "I know that Sherrocko's leadership ability, broad skillset and military and fire service experience will help unite our department and elevate our city's capacity to protect its residents and visitors."
Stewart brings more than 20 years of fire service experience to the department, including 12 years of service with the Mississippi Air National Guard and two military deployments as a flight medic, according to a City of Hattiesburg press release.
Previously, Stewart served as station captain for the Jackson Medgar Evers International Airport Fire Department. He also served 10 years with the Canton Fire Department, according to the release.
The Civil Service Commission approved a six-month appointment of Lt. Danny Wade as assistant fire chief to smooth the transition.