Dawson County searching for new EMS director


EMS Director Lanier Swafford

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County has begun advertising for a new director of Emergency Management Services (EMS) to replace Lanier Swafford.

Swafford, who currently serves the dual function of EMS director and fire chief, will remain as the county’s fire chief. County Manager David Headey said Tuesday, Jan. 23, the move was the result of a change in administrative functions that have taken place in the department and Swafford had volunteered to step back.

“Lanier is involved in a lot of public safety functions for outside organizations, and this will allow him more flexibility,” Headley said. Swafford will receive a 10 percent reduction in salary to serve exclusively as fire chief.

Headley added that Danny Speaks will take on the position of deputy fire chief with responsibility for operations and training. Speaks will report to Swafford who will be in charge of administration and oversee battalion chiefs.

Headley said the county will search internally and externally for a new EMS director, and he hopes to fill the position by the end of February. Until then, Swafford will continue to serve as director.



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