Michael Conner is Newton County's new Fire Chief
Michael Conner brings experience, leadership as Fire Chief
With more than 38 years of firefighting experience Michael Conner has the know-how to further develop Newton County’s Fire Services in his role as Fire Chief.
Conner was hired on Tuesday, April 4, after ratification by the Newton County Board of Commissioners and began work on Monday, April 10.
“I would like to develop and lead the department to a state of the art organization through the cooperation of community leaders and officials,” Conner said.
Beginning on his first day, Conner started meeting with battalion chiefs and Newton County Fire Services leadership to get a sense of the department’s strengths and its needs.
“I believe in a team-building approach by surrounding myself with the leaders in the department for development of the best direction to take the department based on its needs,” Conner said. “I have many years of service and have seen many plans come to the table.”
Conner began his work in fire services when he joined the Rockdale County Fire Department in 1979. He rose through the ranks of the Rockdale County Fire Department, becoming a Battalion Chief in 2009. In that role, Conner gained leadership experience by serving as on-duty incident commander for all emergencies and oversaw 44 employees on the C-shift, including nine engines.
Conner also was appointed chief of training, handling oversite and supervision of the training division, set the training calendar and schedules for the department and served as part of Metro Atlanta Training Officers.
That background is something Conner will rely on in Newton County in his desire to emphasize training to grow the department.
“My goal is to grow Newton County Fire into one of the most recognized departments in the state of Georgia,” Conner said.
Conner graduated from Rockdale County High School in 1978 and then attended DeKalb Technical College where he completed the EMT and Paramedic programs by 1980.
Conner and his wife of 27 years, Sarah, live in Conyers. The couple has two grown sons and one grandson. Michael Conner, who has also worked in construction grading and excavation and in summer camps as a paramedic and class instructor, likes to hunt and fish. He also works a lot at the FFA-FCCLOA Camp teaching outdoor survival skills like cooking, camping and first aid.
Prior to Conner’s hiring, Battalion Chief Brian Massey served as Interim Fire Services Chief since the February resignation of Jeffrey Monroe.