Shane Garland

Shane Garland became Watauga County Fire Marshal on June 21.

BOONE — Watauga County has a new Fire Marshal, as Shane Garland has been announced to take on the mantle effective June 21.

Garland succeeds Taylor Marsh, who stepped down on May 7 to take a state-level position. Since then, Assistant Fire Marshal Jay Kerley has been handling the duties on an interim basis.

At the time of Marsh’s leaving, Emergency Services Director Will Holt noted the search for his replacement would begin immediately, and the search concluded with Garland.

“As with all positions, Mr. Garland was hired because he was the most qualified candidate for the position,” Holt said. “Mr. Garland is a native of the High Country and comes to us most recently from the Town of Boone where he served as a Captain in the fire department.”

In his new role, Garland will be making a salary of $58,000 per year, reporting to Holt. However, Holt noted it will be a team effort for the department as a whole.

Garland takes the job with more than 25 years of experience in the fire service industry. He is a Level III Fire Prevention Inspector, certified Fire Investigator and a Level II Fire Officer, all of which Holt noted as being helpful in his new position.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.