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The Volusia County Council confirmed the promotion of two long-time employees to division directors in the Public Protection Department recently.
Jeff Smith, who has 31 years of experience in firefighting, has been promoted to director and fire chief for Volusia County Fire Services. Mr. Smith began his career with the Daytona Beach Fire Department in 1983 and moved to the county as a battalion commander in 2005. He was promoted to division chief in 2009 and was named deputy fire chief in 2011 and interim fire chief last year.
He has degrees in emergency medical services and fire science from Daytona State College.
Sergio Pacheco, the county's new animal services director, began his career with the ASPCA in New York City in 1983. He joined Volusia County's Animal Control Division as an animal control officer 10 years later and was promoted to field operations supervisor in 1998 and interim director in 2013.
"These two gentlemen epitomize the spirit of the staff in public protection," Public Protection Director George Recktenwald told the County Council. "They don't shy away from problems -- they run to them head on."