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May 21--  The current chief of the Higgston Volunteer Fire Department is the new Montgomery County Emergency Management Director and Coordinator of County Services.

In a 3-2 vote, the Montgomery County Commission hired Jimmy Braddy during a called meeting Monday night.  He succeeds John Neff who left the job March 12.

Braddy had the support of volunteer fire departments in the county and got "yes" votes from Commissioners Clarence Thomas, John Carpenter and Tim Williamson.

Braddy will resign his job with the volunteer fire department and start work for the county June 3, according to County Manager Brandon Braddy.

The commissioners also approved a $10,000 allocation to help fund the county recreation department.