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After a total of 38 years in local government, 20 of which has been spent in his current role as Claremont’s Fire Chief, Gary Sigmon has announced his plans to retire effective June 30.
Sigmon has been a member of the fire department for the past 27 years. He began his service to the department as a volunteer firefighter and grew through the ranks holding the positions of lieutenant and captain. Then in 1993 he was voted by the membership to hold his current title as Fire Chief. Sigmon began his local government career at the age of 17 with Catawba County and spent 15 years with the County in the building and grounds department. Sigmon held various roles in the department, but left the County holding the title of buildings and grounds Supervisor. He then transitioned to the city of Newton in 1991 and held the rank of Engineer with the fire department. Then in 1995 Sigmon took on the full time duties as the city’s first salaried Fire Chief. In addition to his fire service, Sigmon has also been a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy with the Catawba County Sheriff since 1977.
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