Barrow County could have a new chief of emergency services as soon as Jan. 12.
Commission Chairman Danny Yearwood on Tuesday offered the position to Dennis Merrifield, the former chief of the Statesboro Fire Department, and Merrifield accepted the offer in a call to Yearwood that evening.
The offer is contingent on a clean toxicology screen, criminal background check, and the approval of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners. If the BOC votes, as expected, to hire him Jan. 11, Merrifield will start his new job the following day.
“He’s very excited and will be a great asset to the community,” said Yearwood, who met him for the first time Tuesday. “He’s bringing a lot of qualifications to the county.”