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Pound Fire Chief Resigns, Edgecombe to Take Over

Issue Date: July 5, 2017

Village of Pound Fire Chief Turner Gross will be resigning, effective July 12, he announced to the Village Board at their board meeting Monday, July 3.

Gross said he would like to focus on his personal goals, and said "I believe it's a good move to let another great member lead this department into their next step as the prior goals we have set had been met and I would like to see a fresh mind set new goals and achieve them, especially with the hard-working group that is currently serving the department."

Gross thanked the board and community, saying "I would like to thank the Village of Pound Board. I would like to thank you for years of support of the Village of Pound Fire Department over the last few years I was serving as your"Fire Chief. The community has supported us tremendously also in donations, raffles and attending our fundraisers."

Gross recommended Jarred Edgecombe to lead the department, and the board unanimously approved.

"I would highly recommend, as well as a majority of the current Pound Volunteer Fire Department members, Jarred Edgecombe as your new fire chief," Gross said. "Jarred has shown excellent attendance, proven leadership skills and the respect of the department""

Gross said that he recently observed Edgecombe in command during a fire in the village.

"I watched Jarred be in command on a very hectic fire July 1, 2017 and I am certain by placing Jarred Edgecombe as fire chief the current fire members, Village of Pound and the Township of Beaver will experience a very smooth transition and experience a very positive outcome going forward," he said.

He said he will be staying on with the department, just not as chief, in order to "help our new leader and current members improve," and added, "As a team, this department has grown substantially over the years, and some of the hardest-working members have built a well-oiled machine. It took every member to get to this point."

"We do thank Turner for all his time as fire chief," Board Chair Terry Earley said, with other board members expressing similar sentiments.

Gross also had a summary of the 2017 Pound Fire Department Picnic, though he did not have all the final numbers.

"This year's looking to be our best year we ever had, gross income-wise. Now we just have to figure out our profit coming up," he said, adding that a full financial report could be expected next meeting.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Schutte provided a short report on the Village of Pound Car Show, which was impacted by weather. There were 120 cars in the show, but there was a smaller turnout than usual. Considering the weather, she said the turnout was better than expected, however.


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