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Staff Writer

   The Grenada Fire Department has a new acting chief.
   Twenty-year veteran Ronnie Willis was appointed to the top spot on the ladder on March 1.
Willis, 44, stepped in for Chief Herman Simpson, who took leave after announcing his retirement last month.
   “My main objective is to continue giving the citizens of Grenada the best possible service,” said Willis.
   Willis was appointed by Interim City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers.
   “He (Willis) was the obvious choice,” said Weathers. “His qualifications speak for themselves.”
   Willis joined the department as a firefighter in 1994. He served as a lieutenant before being named assistant chief by Chief Herman Simpson in 2006.
   In his new role, Willis will be responsible for managing some 50 full-time firefighters and about 20 volunteers.
   Also high on his list of priorities, Willis said, is overseeing the opening of the new fire station in the Grenada Air Industrial Park.
   Two years ago the firefighters of Station Four moved out of their home near the airport because the building was in disrepair. The firefighters moved into Station Two, which is located behind Wendy’s.
   Today, crews are nearing completion of a renovation to a metal building, in the industrial park, that will serve as the new Station Four. Willis said he hopes to open the new station by May.
   Weathers said he’s uncertain if he’ll appoint Willis to the chief’s position permanently. Simpson’s retirement officially begins in May.

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