PEMBROKE — Town leaders picked an experienced man who is well known in the community to lead the Pembroke Fire Department.
Timothy Ryan Locklear’s selection was effective Nov. 8. Locklear replaces outgoing Chief William T. Lowry.
Locklear, 29, was appointed by Town Manager Tyler Thomas. The hire was endorsed by the fire department’s board of directors and members.
Thomas had nothing but praise for the town’s new fire chief.
“Ryan will do a good job at the fire department,” Thomas said. “He has 16 years of experience behind him.”
Locklear also has the confidence of the department’s personnel and leadership, Thomas said.
“He was a near unanimous choice of the board and the members,” Thomas said.
Locklear also brings to the job of fire chief valuable experience as a first responder, he said. It was experience gained as a member of the Pembroke Rescue Squad.
“He is also an officer in our police department, so he has a wide range of experience in public safety,” Thomas said.
An active member of the department for 16 years, Locklear has been an assistant fire chief since 2013.
“Ryan is a good pick for fire chief,” Mayor Greg Cummings said.
The Pembroke Fire Department is a volunteer unit, including the chief’s position. There are 28 volunteer firefighters and one paid employee.
Locklear is a familiar face around Pembroke. He is an eight-year veteran of the Pembroke Police Department and serves as its K-9 officer.
Before becoming assistant chief, Locklear worked with the Pembroke Rescue Squad. Before joining the Pembroke Police Department, he was a police officer in Rowland.
Locklear has met all the requirements for the chief’s position, according to published state standards.
Locklear and his wife, Keenya, are foster parents to two children. Keenya is a nurse manager at Southeastern Health in Lumberton.