Trey Goodwin took his oath of office Tuesday as he takes over as chief of the Hamlet Fire Department following the retirement of former Chief Calvin White this summer.
Goodwin started his fire fighting career with the East Rockingham Fire Department when he was 15 years old. He joined the Hamlet Fire Department in 1996, and has since moved up from volunteer to fireman, engineer, lieutenant, captain, to deputy chief under White in 2018, and now chief.
He said that he has wanted this role for long time.
“I was hoping one day — so I just kept trying to work my way up,” Goodwin said in an interview after his swearing in. “I appreciate the city council and the city manager having the confidence in me.”
Goodwin said he doesn’t intend to make any major changes to the way White operated the department, rather continue their successes.