Keith Sanders

The city of Sandy Springs has hired Keith Sanders as the city’s new fire chief. Sanders will take over from Jack McElfish, who retires at the end of October.

Sanders joins Sandy Springs with more than 35 years experience in fire service and public safety.  He was previously with the city of Alpharetta, where he served as fire chief and most recently as Deputy Director of Public Safety.  Sanders oversaw operations for the fire department, as well as police and 911 operations.  In addition to fire service, Sanders is a sworn police officer and recently graduated the FBI National Academy, an invitation-only program.

“Keith is highly respected within the industry, bringing to Sandy Springs a well-versed background in fire rescue and public safety. His operational experience in managing an entire public safety delivery system will enhance our department’s efforts as a leader in fire rescue and public safety initiatives,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough in a press release.

“Sandy Springs Fire Rescue is recognized nationally as one of the best. The department is staffed with experienced personnel who are committed to providing superior medical and fire services to the community. I look forward to meeting each member of the organization and serving the city as its fire chief,” added Sanders.

Sanders was selected from a field of candidates through a national search for the position. He holds a B.S. from Toccoa Falls College and an M.P.A. from Columbus State University.

Sanders will be introduced to the city council at its Oct. 7 meeting is expected to begin work on Oct. 20.