March 3, 2022

Tupelo mayor to recommend hiring 172nd Airlift Wing fire chief to top spot at TFD

Darkhorse Press

Credit: Tupelo Fire Department

Tupelo Mayor Todd Jordan will recommend to the Tupelo City Council the hiring of Kelly Elliott to be the next Chief of the Tupelo Fire Department.

Chief Elliott has over 30 years of fire service experience in local, state, federal, international and military work environments, and currently serves as Fire Chief at the 172d Airlift Wing, Thompson Field, Jackson, Mississippi. He previously worked for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority in several capacities, including Emergency Manager, Airport Security Coordinator and General Manager of Operations.

“I highly recommend the appointment of Chief Kelly Elliott as Tupelo’s new Fire Chief,” said Jordan. “His extensive resume includes emergency management and training on the highest levels. He will provide our citizens an enormous amount of peace in any crisis event. We are fortunate to have a person with his credentials as one of our city leaders.”

Chief Elliott is no stranger to the Tupelo Fire Department, having worked as a Tupelo firefighter from 1995 to 1998. “I actually left the department to prepare myself to someday come back to Tupelo for this very position,” Chief Elliott said. Although it was not the timeframe and path that he originally envisioned, he stated the detours along the way have only prepared him even more for this tremendous opportunity.

In addition to being a fulltime civilian Fire Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Elliott is a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard, where he serves as the 172d Airlift Wing, Mission Support Group, Senior Enlisted Leader. In that capacity, he oversees the readiness, training, health, morale, welfare and quality of more than 450 assigned personnel across six squadrons and flights, including Force Support, Civil Engineering, Security Forces, Logistic Readiness, Communications and a Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron on the Gulf Coast.

Chief Elliott has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology from Pikes Peak Community College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He has attained the Mississippi Fire Chief Designation and previously led the Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association for two terms. He has also been recognized with the Mississippi Fire Chief Designation (MFCD) and State Executive Fire Officer (EFO).

Chief Elliott and his wife Deanna, who is an Assistant Elementary Principal at Hartfield Academy in Flowood, have been married 26 years and have three sons—Peyton (19), Conner (16) and Hayden (12). He and his wife, who both were raised in Pontotoc County, have stated that they are extremely excited to be back home in north Mississippi and part of the Tupelo team.

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