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WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WCBI)-Water Valley will soon have a new fire chief.

Sherman Gooch

17 year veteran Captain Sherman Gooch will replace current long-time fire chief Michael Defer.

Defer announced his retirement during the monthly meeting of the board of alderman on the second of this year.

His retirement will be effective the 31st of this month at which point Gooch will take over.

Gooch has been handling the duties of fire chief in the day-to-day operations since the end of December.

Gooch is the first African-American to head a major municipal department in Water Valley’s government.

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