WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new fire chief of Winston-Salem has been appointed, according to the city’s website.
City Manager Lee Garrity announced Wednesday the appointment of Rocky Mount Fire Chief William “Trey” Mayo as Winston-Salem’s next fire chief.
Mayo will assume his duties Jan. 12, following the retirement of Chief Antony Farmer on Dec. 31.
Mayo, a third-generation firefighter, began his fire-service career in 1989 as a volunteer in his hometown of Plymouth, N.C.
In 1996 Mayo joined the Raleigh Fire Department and was named valedictorian of the 1996 Raleigh Fire Academy. During his 11-year tenure, Mayo rose to the rank of captain and was assigned to engine, ladder, and rescue companies in south and east Raleigh.
He was recognized with the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of North Carolina’s Emergency Services Award in 1999.
In December 2006, Mayo returned to Carrboro Fire-Rescue, where he had previously volunteered, and served as deputy fire chief until May 2010. He assumed his current position in Rocky Mount in June 2010.
“I am very pleased with the amount of feedback that I have received from all levels of personnel within the department and Chief Mayo has received tremendous support throughout,” Garrity said.
“After careful deliberation of all aspects of the chief’s job, I have determined that Chief Mayo is the best candidate to assume this major responsibility for our community. He will provide the leadership to the department and the community as we seek to upgrade the services provided to our citizens.”
Mayo said, “I am honored to have been offered this opportunity.
I am eager to continue advocating for enhancements to the wide range of emergency and non-emergency services delivered by the men and women of the Winston-Salem Fire Department.”
Mayo said his immediate priorities will be to assess the department in the areas of safety, services, programs and policies, effectiveness, and efficiency. “I want to get a good grasp on where we are and how we arrived here and then guide the department toward a vision of continuous improvement.”
Mayo, 41, has an associate’s degree in fire protection technology from Wilson Technical Community College, a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.
He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is credentialed both as a chief fire officer and as a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Mayo and his wife, Annie, have a two-and-a-half year old daughter, Charlotte. Mayo’s salary will be $125,000 annually.
At the end of 12 months, he also will be eligible for a special merit pay adjustment based upon successfully accomplishing several key initiatives in the department.