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HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County emergency services director has served as both a volunteer and paid member in fire and rescue work, as a fire chief, and headed emergency services in South Carolina.
James “Mike” Mock Jr., of Pawleys Island, S.C., started transition Sept. 7 as successor to Joe Roma, who had been in the Carroll position for five years.
Mock — as introduced to the Carroll Board of Supervisors at the Sept. 13 meeting by County Administrator Gary Larrowe — comes to the job with extensive experience.
“He has been a director of emergency services prior to his retirement in South Carolina and was responsible for over a 150-member paid staff, as well as 170 volunteers, with a budget of $7.9 million,” Larrowe said. “He has extensive experience in employee management and working with volunteers.”
In his time with emergency services in various capacities, Mock worked with hazardous materials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the International City County Management Association on performance measures, Larrowe said. Mock also assisted in constructing and implementing a 911 center and coordinated a new, interoperable radio system.
“Mike has been a fire chief and a volunteer fireman and remains a rescue squad member,” Larrowe said.
The director has a technical degree in fire science and is a lifetime member of Midway Fire-Rescue in South Carolina. Mock is in the South Carolina Hall of Fame, and he has served as state vice president for the Southeastern Division Board on the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
“According to his exemplary references, he can take both paid and volunteer to the same place of serving the citizens together,” Larrowe said.
Roma will remain until the end of September to ensure a smooth transition.
“Joe has worked to develop the Carroll County Emergency Services into the professional organization it is today,” Larrowe said.
“He has dedicated many long and hard hours of incident command on many tragic events in Carroll and developed a rapport with the surrounding communities. As a result, Carroll has mutual aid agreements with every community that touches Carroll.”