Fire chief announces retirement

Published 10:24 pm Thursday, April 26, 2018

Suffolk Fire Chief Cedric Scott will retire June 1 after a five-year career with Suffolk’s Fire and Rescue Department.

Scott was sworn in on April 2, 2013, as the eighth chief in the department’s history, and Suffolk was the fourth city where he served as fire chief.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you and the citizens of Suffolk as fire chief,” Scott said in a statement. “In fact, it has been one of the greatest experiences of my professional career.”

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Scott announced his retirement to Suffolk Fire & Rescue on April 25 and announced that, following his retirement in June, he will return to Georgia to serve as fire chief of Albany, Ga.

This move allows him and his wife to move closer to their families, according to the chief’s statement.

Scott called his time at Suffolk Fire and Rescue enjoyable, and Scott wished the department continued success after he leaves.

“I am very proud of this organization and where we stand today, and I admire the dedication and professionalism displayed throughout our department,” Scott said in a statement. “I sincerely appreciate the hard work and sacrifices that have been made by everyone to achieve our mission on an ongoing basis.”

Scott’s background began in Georgia with the Macon-Bibb Country Fire Department in 1987, and he has served as fire chief to three Georgia fire departments — Waycross, College Park and Rockdale County.

Scott received two Associate of Applied Science degrees — paramedic technology from Gordon College and Fire Service Administration from Macon State College.

Scott also has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University and Wesleyan College, respectively.

“If you are every near Albany, Ga., please stop by and say hello,” Scott said in the statement. “Thank you for allowing me to serve you.”