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City commission approves new fire chief
The unanimous approval of Randy Mobley as the Brunswick Fire Department's next chief was met with applause and a standing ovation at Wednesday's City Commission meeting.

Mobley will begin his new duties immediately.

He follows former chief Ray House, who retired at the end of June. Deborah McCauley has served as interim fire administrator.

"I think it's an excellent choice to lead this fire department," said Commissioner Cornell Harvey after the commission voted to give Mobley the position.

Joined by his wife, Gail Mobley, who also is employed by the city, Randy Mobley was pinned by House during the commission meeting as excited members of the department looked on.

"I remember when he first walked in the door 30 years ago," House said. "We gave him his first job as a dispatcher.

"He's been an inspiration to the department."

Mobley expressed confidence in his department and called it one of the nation's finest.

"We've already got a highly motivated department," Mobley said. "The city of Brunswick has something to be proud of."

Mobley was chosen from an initial pool of 39 applicants that was narrowed to five internal and five external candidates.

Mobley was not the first choice of Weeks, who presented a candidate from Chatham County for the position at a commission meeting in October. Weeks later withdrew the nomination and launched a new review of all applicants.

Mobley has been with the fire department for more than 30 years, 22 of them as a captain.

In other business, the commission:

* Approved a variance petition for St. James Lutheran Church to allow two free-standing signs along Starling Street provided that all other signs be removed.

* Approved rezoning a parcel at 1029 Bay St. from general commercial to general industrial to allow the operation of a dredging company contingent on the purchase of the property.

* Approved reorganization of the Brunswick Police Department.

* Approved a collaboration agreement between the city, Glynn County and Savannah College of Art and Design for the U.S. 17 corridor.

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