Artemus Fire Department board looks for new president

By David Stewart

A special fire fighter’s meeting was held Nov 12 at the Fire Department. During the meeting, Jim Cox, president of the Artemus Fire Department’s board, announced that he will be stepping down as president at the end of the year. He cited health issues and simply being tired. Cox has been with the department since the building was built in 1979.

The board has two positions that are filled by existing firemen. Two new men were elected to fill these positions: Jason Grubb (2 year term), Bill Farrow (1 year term). No one opposed the Captain’s job so it remained the same with Tommy Black. Lieutenant Jason Grubb will replace Larry Young in the coming year. Assistant Chief did not change. Macey Sharp holds the position. Most of these titles change hands every one to two years.

Artemus holds an existing meeting the first Thursday of every month. The public is invited to attend. Nov. 25 they will hold a special called session to start the process to fill the open president’s seat and all other board seats that are up for re-election. By the Dec. 13 meeting, they hope to have everything finalized for next year.

Hammons said, “We appreciate the community making the department a success.  Everyone needs to feel free to help us any way they can…financially or otherwise.”