From left: Interim CEO Lee May, Interim Presiding Officer Sharon Barnes Sutton, Interim Police Chief James Conroy, Assistant Police Chief Michael Yarborough and Fire Chief Darnell Fullum.

A Fulton County deputy fire chief will become the chief of DeKalb County’s fire and rescue department, the county announced Jan. 13.

Darnell Fullum has been with the Fulton County Fire Department for 26 years, DeKalb County officials said in a press release. Fullum has held the position of deputy chief since 2008, the release said.

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May announced Fullum’s hiring.

“I am proud to announce that, after an extensive nationwide search, Darnell Fullum has accepted the position,” May said. “DeKalb County will be in very capable leadership.”

The county began looking for a new fire rescue chief in August. From 110 applications, the field was narrowed to the top candidates who were interviewed by a panel of subject matter experts from surrounding jurisdictions, including a mayor from a city in DeKalb County and a representative from DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, the county said.

May chose two finalists, including Fullum, and hosted two televised public forums in which candidates were interviewed.

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