New Henry County fire chief named

A county spokesperson confirmed June 8 that Brenda Willis is set to become Henry County’s first female fire chief and is scheduled to begin July 11.

Willis is currently the fire chief in Riverdale.

She is reportedly retired from the Atlanta Fire Department and has more than 35 years of experience. Her appointment was not disclosed at the June 7 meeting of the Board of Commissioners, as the county manager has the authority to make the hire and it does not require board approval. Longtime county employee Brad Johnson has been interim fire chief since Bill Lacy’s retirement in December.