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7/29/2020 1:54:00 PM
Emergency Management Director Retiring
Bill Summers Lincoln County Emergency Management Director (Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Government)
Bill Summers
Lincoln County Emergency Management Director 

(Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Government)

Lincoln County Government
Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Lincoln County announces that Bill Summers will be retiring from the position of Emergency Management Director for Lincoln County effective August 1, 2020. Summers has been employed with Lincoln County since 2005 and has overseen numerous declared emergencies during his tenure with the County.

Bill began his emergency services career in September of 1969 with the City of Charlotte Fire Department and served as a Firefighter, Chief’s Aid, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Chief of Logistics and Security Officer and Chief of Training over his 28 years of service with the City of Charlotte. During his 28 years with the City of Charlotte, Bill was involved in developing new positions, programs and standards that are still used today.

From 1996 to 1999, Bill worked for Hepaco Incorporated. While employed by Hepaco, Bill developed, implemented and served as the Regional Coordinator of Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team. In 1999, Bill directed Hazardous Materials Response teams to environmental emergencies and natural disasters for Containment Control Incorporated.

In a brief break from 2000 to 2005, Bill served as an Engineer on a part time basis for Huntersville Fire Department. October of 2005, Bill was hired as a Deputy Fire Marshal for Lincoln County and he was promoted to Emergency Management Director in 2009.

While serving as the Emergency Management Director for Lincoln County, Bill has chaired the Lincoln County Emergency Services Committee for 2 years, presented special funding requests to the Board of Commissioners, resulting in the implementation and coordination of the first Lincoln County Special Operations Teams, and partnered with the Lincoln County Communications Center to procure funding for the transition to the VIPER radio system which is used by all first responders in the County.

“Bill’s service and dedication to Lincoln County will be greatly missed. His service time has been much appreciated and we wish him well as he moves forward into retirement”, says Kelly Atkins, County Manager.

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