COVINGTON — Former Covington fire chief Don Floyd has announced his intention to seek election to the Post 3, East Ward seat on the City Council.
Floyd, who retired from the city after 40 years, said he plans to run for the seat currently held by Josh McElvey, who has not yet announced if he plans to seek re-election. The election will be held Nov. 5.
Floyd said he hopes to bring a fiscally conservative viewpoint to the council, following the philosophy he used when budgeting for the Fire Department — “Do we need it? If so, how much is it going to cost? And how are we going to pay for it?”
“I may be a little bit more conservative on some things that are transpiring with the council at this time,” Floyd said Monday. “I feel I may bring a more conservative look at expenditures. I feel we should live by what we need instead of what we want. I’m not saying that is happening, I just feel that is the posture we should look at.”
Floyd previously held elective office as a member of the Newton County Board of Education from 1995 to 2006. He said he decided to run for City Council because he believes he has more to offer the community.
“I have lived all my life here, and I just thought I have something to offer the city,” he said. “I worked for the city for 40 years and my dad before me. I have a long history with the city. I think I have the ability to bring back to the city some of the knowledge I gained by being an employee of the city. I feel like I’ve got a lot of institutional knowledge about the city that I hate to see go by the wayside.”
Floyd served four years on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard before going to work at the Covington Fire Department as a firefighter. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually serving as deputy chief and assistant chief. He was appointed fire chief in 1999. At the time of his retirement in 2012 he had 55 fire personnel under his command.
Floyd said he is most proud of the fact that the Fire Department gained accreditation under his leadership.
“We became the fourth in Georgia to be accredited,” he said. “Being one of the first, I felt good about that. I feel really good about the department — that they have continued through the present time being accredited.”
Floyd also earned international designation as a chief officer, the 13th in Georgia and the 89th in the world.
His professional associations include: member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, where he served as legislative chair; member of the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association; life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; member of the Fire Marshals Association of North America; life member of the National Fire Protection Association; and member of the Georgia Municipal Association Public Safety Committee.
In addition, Floyd is an active member of American Legion Post 32 where he currently serves as commander and has served previous terms as commander. He is a lifetime member of Covington Kiwanis and served as chairman of Leadership Newton County. He is an active member of Covington First United Methodist Church.
Floyd and his wife Marcia are the parents of two sons, Michael and Thomas. Michael and his wife Stephanie have a son; Thomas and his wife Katie are the parents of two daughters.