Promotional Processes: The Good, Bad & Ugly

  • 05/18/2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites, Concord, NC | Concord G & H


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For leaders in the fire service, there are few things more important than identifying their top performers and promoting them accordingly. The success of every organization depends on putting the right people in the right places at the right time. This engaging and interaction session will provide an overview of various promotional procedures from the fire service, the U.S. military, and the private sector. Attendees will be able to identify pitfalls and tools for success, as well as best practices for their department.

Instructors: Dr. Joshua Smith & Major Scott Monroe, USMCR

Cost: FREE

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2021

Dr. Joshua Smith
Battalion Chief, Statesville NC Fire Department

Dr. Joshua Smith has twenty years of public safety experience concentrated in emergency services and community college adult education. He currently serves as a Battalion Chief with the Statesville NC Fire Department and is also owner of Spark Communications. Spark is a company dedicated to public safety research, analysis, human resource consulting, and legislative solutions. Dr. Smith holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Doctorate of Curriculum Design from Appalachian State University. He currently serves on North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, North Carolina Fire and Rescue Certification Board, and Teachers and State Employee’s Retirement System Board.

Scott Monroe
CEO & Founder, Essential Personnel

Scott is a lifelong public servant, starting his fire service career at age 16 with his Northern Virginia volunteer department. After obtaining a B.S. in Fire Administration, he earned his commission with the United States Marine Corps. He served four years on active duty including a deployment to Marja, Afghanistan in support of OEF 10.1. Transitioning to the USMC Reserve component in 2011, he began his career with the Wilmington (NC) Fire Department. Scott served for seven years with WFD, until 2017 when he helped start a technology company in the transportation industry. In 2020 he founded his own company, Essential Personnel, with a software solution designed to serve the personnel demands of public safety professionals.

Scott is currently a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve, serving as an Inspector with the Force Readiness Activation Assessment Program. He has held various logistics, operations and command billets including Company Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. He was also a board member of the 2021 Marine Forces Reserve Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Promotion Board.

He holds a B.S. in Fire Admin from Eastern Kentucky University (resident) and a M.A. in Leadership Studies from Marshall University.

NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL REQUIRED COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS. Anyone unwilling to comply may be asked to leave, with no refund provided.






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