Longtime Sumter County fire chief promoted to multifaceted role

Leland Greek

Longtime Sumter County Fire Chief Leland Greek has been promoted to the role of assistant county administrator.

In his new assignment, Greek will handle a variety of crucial county services, said Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold when announcing his promotion at Tuesday night’s commission meeting in Bushnell.

Arnold said Greek will continue to oversee the county’s fire department and EMS services, while also serving as the county’s emergency management director. And he’ll carry responsibilities as public safety director that include overseeing 911 coordination, public safety radio systems, ambulance service contracts and mapping software.

Finally, Greek’s new role also brings responsibilities for animal services and mosquito control.

Greek has served as the county’s fire chief since 2011, with one of his biggest accomplishments being the department achieving international accreditation. He also oversaw the department’s emergency management policy team and developed policies to ensure long-term personnel and organizational succession.

Prior to being promoted to chief in 2011, Greek spent three years as deputy chief. In that role, he handled operations, administration and EMS services, as well as budgeting and policy preparations. And he served as a senior command staff member.

Greek spent 10 years as a section chief with the City of Seminole Fire Rescue, where he oversaw EMS and training divisions, program development, planning and budget preparation. And he served as a command staff member.

Greek’s fire service experience also includes 17 years with Brevard County Fire Rescue as a training captain, lieutenant and firefighter. And prior to that, he was a volunteer assistant chief with the Cape Canaveral Fire Department.

Greek currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University that he hopes to complete in the coming year. He has a master’s degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University, a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Warner Southern University and an associate degree in fire science from Brevard Community College.

Greek is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, as well as the organization’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He carries certifications as a fire safety inspector, instructor, fire officer, paramedic and firefighter, as well as professional designations as a Chief Fire Officer and Executive Fire Officer.

Greek is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Fire Officers, the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.