In a 3-2 vote, the Banks County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to name interim fire chief Robert Wilkins as the fire chief.
BOC chairman Jimmy Hooper and commissioners David Duckett and Danny Maxwell voted in favor of the move, while commissioners Charles Turk and Sammy Reece voted against it.
Wilkins has served as interim fire chief for more than three months since Brian Eubanks resigned in August.
Reece said that three months is not long enough to determine if Wilkins should be moved into the position on a permanent basis.
Turk listed several concerns he has, including a med box proposal has not been submitted to the commissioners as requested and first responder tests have not been given.
“I think we need to give it a little more time to see if it works out,” Turk said. “I would like to see a chief that lives in the county or close by…I think he needs to prove how he handles himself in public and how he will handle himself with volunteers.”