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GREENVILLE, Ky. (1/2/20) — The city of Greenville has a new fire chief.

Phillip Groves took over the new role as Greenville Fire Department Chief effective today following longtime GFD Chief Jerry Aders’ retirement at the end of 2019. Aders served a total of 41 years at the department (a story on the history of Aders years of service is coming up later).

City Hall was packed as friends, officials and fellow firefighters stood in support of the new fire chief. Greenville City Council members with Mayor Jan Yonts held a special meeting to unanimously approve Groves' appointment as City Attorney Cary Davis conducted the swearing-in ceremony.

Yonts mentioned she taught Groves during his elementary school years, adding he will be a great leader.

Groves previously served at GFD as lieutenant, deputy and assistant chiefs, and began as a volunteer firefighter at GFD in 2004.

In addition, John Gore was sworn in this morning as the new GFD Deputy Chief.

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