Elton Gilmore Retires From Public Service – Again
February 11, 2017
Elton Gilmore of McDavid has retired from public service — again.
Gilmore was recently honored by the Escambia County Commission as he retired after seven years as the Emergency Management Operations Officer in the Public Safety Department. He began his employment with Escambia EMA in 2010 and was immediately assigned to the Deepwater Horizon incident as the branch liaison coordinating response efforts. He worked during multiple storm activations and other local disasters affecting the citizens of Escambia County.
He previously worked at the Florida Division of Forestry.
In June of 1977, Gilmore was hired as a forest ranger at the Molino Tower at the same rate of pay he had made as the assistant manager of an IGA grocery store — $5.50 an hour. He was promoted to Senior Forest Ranger in January 1986 and was promoted to Forest Area Supervisor in February 1997. He spent a total of 32 years in Forestry fire control before retiring in 2010.
Gilmore also helped organize the McDavid Volunteer Fire Department, serving as captain, assistant chief, and chief.
Pictured top: Elton Gilmore (center) is honored with a proclamation from the Escambia County Commission presented by Public Safety Director Mike Weaver (left) as his wife Mary looks on. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.