Published: Dec 11, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Dec 11, 2012 05:59 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Chapel Hill resident Jim Groves was hired Monday to lead Orange Countys Emergency Services department.
Groves will replace retiring Director Frank Montes de Oca, who led the department for five years. He starts his new job Jan. 22.
County Manager Frank Clifton said in a news release that more than a hundred people applied for the job.
Jim brings many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, along with a connection and true understanding of the community, which will be an added benefit for our residents, Clifton said.
As Emergency Services director, Groves will lead the Fire Marshals Office and a 119-member staff that meets the countys emergency medical, communication and management needs, while working with other local, state and federal agencies to handle large-scale emergencies.
He also will oversee a major expansion and upgrade to EMS and 911 Center services.
My primary goal is to foster a whole community environment by developing and providing innovative and quality services in the most effective and efficient manner, relying on the Countys strategic plan as a roadmap, Groves said in a news release.
Groves has worked since 2006 as senior manager with ICF International in Durham. The consulting firm specializes in emergency service response programs and inter-agency collaboration. He also served three years as Lee Countys emergency services director, 10 years as the emergency management coordinator for Durham County and was a member and assistant chief of Durhams Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 to 2004.