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.


7 Responses to “Elton Gilmore Retires From Public Service – Again”

  1. Sarah Hall on February 15th, 2017 1:10 pm

    Congratulations, Elton. Maybe now it’s time for you to take it easy for a while. Best wishes.

  2. Joey McCall on February 13th, 2017 12:17 pm

    Congrats Elton. There are probably plenty of untold accomplishments but one that stands out in my mind is your volunteer work as President of NWE Little League. Your leadership turned the league around when it desperately needed it and it enjoyed some really good times for about 10 years due to your influence. Thanks for all you have done for your community!!!!! Oh yeah, behind every good man is a good woman, right Missy.

  3. Suzette Burkett Walker on February 12th, 2017 2:54 pm

    Congrats Elton!! Missy, you are looking good!!

  4. David Huie Green on February 12th, 2017 10:48 am

    one of the best

  5. Connie Hall on February 11th, 2017 2:02 pm

    Congratulations Elton! Enjoy your retirement.

  6. Jimmy I on February 11th, 2017 11:42 am

    Congrats Smokey! Thanks for all you have done for McDavid and for Escambia County. This county needs more people like you!

  7. Phillip Enfinger on February 11th, 2017 8:39 am

    Congratulations Grey Bear!!!! I hope you enjoy your retirement!

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