Day: September 9, 2022

Town Manager Names New Fire Chief Scottie Harris


Weaverville, September 7, 2022 – Town Manager Selena Coffey has named Scottie Harris as Weaverville’s next Fire Chief.  Chief Harris currently serves as the Fire Chief at Northern Wake Fire Department and was recently the Fire Chief for the Town of Black Mountain. Chief Harris has served in fire and emergency services for 30 years, with the last 18 years in senior management roles in municipal, county, and combined fire departments, as well as serving 8 years in contract fire services at U.S. Army installations in the Middle East and U.S. Navy support facilities in Diego Garcia. Chief Harris earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and Associate’s degree in Fire Services from Columbia Southern University, and has an extensive resume of fire and emergency services certifications.

Manager Coffey has stated, “We were fortunate to interview a number of highly qualified individuals. My goals for recruiting for the Fire Chief position included that of hiring an experienced and professional leader with strong communication skills and the ability to provide visionary leadership, and with consistent qualities of integrity, accountability, and honesty. I believe we found this leader in Chief Harris.”

Manager Coffey has extended her gratitude to members of the Weaverville Fire Department and states, “With every interview, I boasted that our Fire Department team is second to none in their knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide public safety to the Weaverville area. Chief Harris will be a complement to our team and will progress the Department in the years to come.”

Interim Chief, and Weaverville Police Chief, Ron Davis, has very capably led the Fire Department during the search process and Manager Coffey could not be more pleased with his efforts to lead this important team during a challenging time. “Chief Davis has been steadfast, flexible, and has exhibited a willingness to serve in his dual capacity with a professionalism and attitude that is unparalleled.”

Town Manager Coffey anticipates that Chief Harris will begin his employment with the Town of Weaverville on October 10, 2022.