Weaverville, May 23, 2022 – Town Manager Selena Coffey has named her appointment for Interim Fire Chief subsequent to the resignation of Fire Chief Ted Williams. Chief Williams was appointed as Weaverville’s Fire Chief in 2016, serving in fire services since 1992, and has resigned to accept a position with the City of Hendersonville.
Town Manager Coffey has appointed Weaverville Police Chief Ron Davis to serve as Interim Fire Chief while the Town recruits a permanent Fire Chief. While Chief Davis serves in his interim capacity as Fire Chief, Assistant Police Chief Somer Oberlin will assume a greater leadership role in the Weaverville Police Department.
“After much intentional thought, I have chosen to appoint Chief Ron Davis to this role for his leadership abilities. He is a proven leader and I respect his practical management skills. But more than that, I trust his ability to foster an environment of trust and fairness within a department that needs strong leadership,” states Manager Coffey.
Chief Davis was appointed as Weaverville Police Chief in 2018. Although law enforcement has been his long-term career of choice with 32 years of service, Chief Davis served approximately 2 years as a firefighter, having completed the Asheville Fire Academy in 1998. During this time, he also served as an EMT and a Fire Inspector. Chief Davis is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Army National Guard and as a paratrooper and sergeant of an airborne infantry squadron.
Town Manager Coffey, who is responsible for choosing the next fire chief, hopes to hire someone as soon as possible, but takes “comfort in knowing that Chief Davis will provide for the leadership the department needs while I make a calculated and thoughtful decision as to who should be Weaverville’s next Fire Chief.”
Manager Coffey has stated, “We will truly miss Chief Williams as he pursues his future endeavors. He was a respectable Chief, an excellent team player on my leadership team, and I consider him a friend.” Manager Coffey hopes that the community will join in celebrating Chief Williams at a reception in his honor to be held on May 31 at 3pm at the Community Center.