Retiring Monroe County Fire/EMS battalion chief Elliot Chambliss (center) was presented with an award on Jan. 7 for his 30 years of service. Chambliss is pictured with commissioners Greg Tapley (left) and Larry Evans. (Photo/Richard Dumas)


Monroe County Commissioners honored on Tuesday, Jan. 7 Monroe County Fire/EMS battalion chief Elliot Chambliss, who retired at the end of 2019 after 30 years with the department.

Chambliss, a Forsyth native, joined the newly-formed Monroe County Fire/EMS Department in 1989 after returning home from eight years as a medic in the U.S. Air Force, including three years stationed in the Philippines.

As battalion chief, Chambliss was the unit’s shift supervisor, and in addition to his fire/EMS service, Chambliss also served as the county’s safety coordinator.

Commission chairman Greg Tapley said of Chambliss: “In Monroe County Emergency Services, he is respected, admired and looked up to by everyone within the department. He is loved and appreciated by all.”

District 1 commissioner Larry Evans, who presented Chambliss with a plaque, added, “He’s been an outstanding employee in every sense of the word.”

Chambliss has been married to wife Angela for 37 years, and they have three children and two grandchildren. In addition to his fire/EMS service, Chambliss is a very talented drummer and singer with his voice having been likened to Frankie Beverly. Chambliss also enjoys mentoring youth through community athletics, including coaching basketball for over 15 years.

Chambliss told commissioners and members of the public in attendance at the Jan. 7 meeting: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity as citizens of Monroe County to serve you for these 30 short years. It has indeed been my distinct pleasure to serve you. I thank the Board of Commissioners for always just being there in support. I thank all of those guys (fellow firefighters) standing back there in the back. . . They are just more than valuable to me and more than you might ever know to you as well.”

A retirement luncheon to celebrate Chambliss was held on Dec. 30.