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Posted: November 10, 2012 8:31 p.m.

Social Circle hires new fire chief

Social Circle has a new fire chief to lead its fire department after the city split up their Department of Public Safety.

Ken Zaydel was named as the new fire chief for the Social Circle Fire Department Tuesday.

City Manager Doug White said for the past several years the city has been operating a Department of Public Safety with one director overseeing both the police and fire services.

White said this year the council began discussing whether they should split the services back into two entities.

After those discussions, the position of Director of Public Safety was eliminated from the budget and two positions were created; one for a fire chief and the other for a chief of police. GBI Special Agent Terry Sosebee of Monroe was recently appointed as the police chief.

Zaydel will transition into his new role during November, working on his off days from his current employer the Martinez-Columbia County Fire/Rescue Service in Martinez. He will start full-time in Social Circle in December, White said.

Zaydel said he was honored to have been chosen as the fire chief for the city of Social Circle and he looked forward to becoming a part of the team.

He started his career at the Banks County Fire Department, moved on to work for the city of Wrens and then began working with Martinez-Columbia County Fire Rescue Service.

Zaydel is an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy at Augusta Technical College and has previously served as an instructor with the National Communications Institute. He also works in administration with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department in Thomson.

Zaydel said this is his first time being appointed as a fire chief, and he wanted to take his time getting to know the people and the community.

"My plans are to come on board and take a little time to get to know everybody and learn more about the future vision of the city and the area; then work with the membership of the fire department and city officials to establish our goals for the future so that we can provide the best quality of service to the community," he said.

"I would just like to say I am excited to be here and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the city of Social Circle and the members of the Social Circle Fire Department, Zaydel said.

Since arriving to Social Circle, the people in the community have welcome Zaydel with open arms. He said everyone has been eager to help and has greeted his family exceptionally well.

Zaydel and his wife Mandy have been married for 19 years. They have one 18-year-old daughter, Ashley. He said his family will move to Social Circle within the next few months.

 

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