It’s official: ‘ … so help me God’

Isler sworn in as new Rockingham fire chief

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Previous coverage:
* May 1 – Isler appointed new fire chief
* May 28 – New fire chief has big shoes to fill
* Aug. 19 – City bids farewell to Gardner

ROCKINGHAM — It’s been official since City Manager Monty Crump made the announcement on May 1.

It became even more so on Aug. 21, when outgoing Fire Chief Charles Gardner retired, his last day being on Aug. 21.  But on Friday in a brief ceremony at City Hall, Harold Isler was sworn in by Rockingham City Clerk Gwendolyn Swinney as the new chief of the Rockingham Fire Department — making Crump’s May 1 appointment officially official.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Harold Isler, right, is sworn in by City Clerk Gwendolyn Swinney as the new chief of the Rockingham Fire Department Thursday at City Hall. Isler began work with the city on Aug. 1 and took over for retired Chief Charles Gardner on Aug. 22.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Harold Isler, right, is sworn in by City Clerk Gwendolyn Swinney as the new chief of the Rockingham Fire Department Thursday at City Hall. Isler began work with the city on Aug. 1 and took over for retired Chief Charles Gardner on Aug. 22.

” … so help me God,” said Isler, repeating the oath as guided by Swinney with his hand on his father’s Bible.

Isler was joined by his wife, Tesha, 9-year-old daughter Destiny at the podium with Swinney. Isler’s father and mother, and Tesha’s mother, stood nearby in the gallery. Isler finished up the oath with an applause from his family members, Crump, Assistant City Manager Sabrina McDonald and City Council members Eugene Willard and Bennett Deane.

Crump selected Isler in the spring from among a pool of 50 applicants for the position. Crump confirmed that Isler will be the city’s first African-American leader of any of its public safety departments.

Isler, who was nearly delayed to the ceremony due to an emergency fire call, said he was taking his family to tour the fire station after the ceremony.

Harold and Tesha Isler live in Rockingham with daughter Destiny. The family is expecting a second child at the end of the year.

 

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