Meet the Fire Administration

Meet the Fire Administration (1)

Fire Chief
Donald N. Crawford

Chief Crawford began his career with the Department in December 1986. During his tenure Chief Crawford rose quickly through the ranks due to his dedication and service and was promoted to Captain in June of 1988.  He was promoted to Commander in in June of 2000 and has served as Personnel Development and Safety Commander, Shift Commander.  

During the Public Safety Merger, 
Chief Crawford graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2003 and was sworn in as a Law Enforcement Public Safety Officer with the Kinston Department of Public Safety.  During our service together in the Public Safety Roles, Chief Crawford served as a Special Response Commander, for Special Response Unit 2 on the streets, doing both Firefighting and Law Enforcement, then as the Department's Recruitment/Accreditation Manager, and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in December of 2012.

 The Kinston Department of Public Safety went back to their prospective Departments of Fire and Rescue and Police in July of 2016.  Chief Crawford was Officially Promoted to Fire Chief of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue and still is a sworn Law Enforcement Officer.

Chief Crawford graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an Associate in Fire Protection Technology.



Chief Crawford

Administration Commander Earnest L. Davis

Commander Davis began his career with the Department in May of 1989. In 1992 Commander Davis was among one of the first Firefighters to be officially tasked as being the Fire Cause and Origin Investigators for the Department.  During his tenure Commander Davis rose quickly through the ranks due to his dedication and service and was promoted to Captain in January of 1994.  

Commander Davis has served as 
Personnel Development and Safety Captain in 1995 and in 2010 when he received North Carolina Level II Fire Inspector Certification, was tasked with the great responsibility of keeping up with Inspections and Fire Incident Records for the Department of Fire and Rescue while still on Shift as a Front-line Fire Captain.  

Commander Davis was promoted to Commander in in July of 2016 and is over the Administration Staff.  His main concentration of duties involves Head of Fire Cause and Origin Investigations, Fire Inspections, Fire Incident Records, and Training and Safety. 





Commander E. L. Davis

Training Captain
Brian K. Roddy


Captain Roddy began his career with the Department in January of 1998.  While working toward his goal of promotion to Captain, Captain Roddy attained the North Carolina State Fire Instructor Level II Certification in 2013.  Captain Roddy was promoted to Captain in January of 2016, and has recently transferred from Shift Captain of Engine 11, C-Shift to Training and Safety Captain for the Department of Fire and Rescue for a minimum stent of two years.





Training Captain B. K. Roddy

Administration Captain William J. Barss


Captain Barss began his career with the Department in November of 1998.  Captain Barss expressed his interest in serving in the experimental program of Special Response Unit, under the merger of the Kinston Department of Public Safety where the Administration of the Fire and Police integrated a team of five Firefighters and five Police Officers and taught them the other skills of the merged program.  In December of 2004 Captain Barss successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Training and in April of 2005 was sworn in as a Public Safety Officer.  Captain Barss was assigned to Special Response Unit 2 and served for six years on the street doing both Firefighting and Law Enforcement.  

During that time Captain Barss was assigned as the Unit's Evidence Identification Technician which sparked interest in the Crime Scene Investigations.  In January of 2011 Captain Barss was promoted over to Crime Laboratory Unit Detective and served for five years in that position.  Captain Barss was afforded the opportunity to return to the Department of Fire and Rescue upon the split of Kinston Department of Public Safety to their perspective Departments of Fire and Rescue and Police.  Captain Barss was tasked as becoming the Administration Captain and promoted to Captain in July of 2016.  

Captain Barss has  several functions to his role within the Department of Fire and Rescue; such as Fire Cause and Origin Investigator and is still a sworn Law Enforcement Officer, Public Information Officer, Fire-Life Safety Educator/Public Education Coordinator, Emergency Planner, Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating Liaison Officer, and Community Relations Liaison Officer.  

Captain Barss served Our Country for four years in the United States Marine Corps from August 1993 to August 1997.



Administration Captain W. J. Barss

Administration Assistant
Jessi Tyler


Mrs. Jessi Tyler attended Lenoir Community College and completed with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.  While attending she served the community at Chick-fil-A of Kinston and after 3 years of service she transitioned from a Trainer to a Shift Leader. When Mrs. Tyler completed her degree she was given an opportunity with the City of Kinston.

Mrs. Tyler began her career with the City of Kinston at the Police Department in October of 2016.  She began as a Records Technician and quickly became certified to use Nationwide Databases for Law Enforcement purposes.  She was also trained within the organization to use new computer systems for the local departmental uses to accurately give information to citizens who would need records, such as incident and accident reports. 

Mrs. Tyler continues her business journey with the City of Kinston as the Administrative Assistant for the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue as of September 2017. She desires to serve her community well and do anything she can to help her family here at the Fire Department or out in the city.  

Jessi Tyler