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Updated: Dec 10, 2022

The Saint James Fire Department Board of Directors election was held November 11, 2022. Six candidates competed for three open positions with their terms beginning January 2023 and ending January 2026. Here is a little about each of the top three vote recipients.

James E. Crum

Jim was originally appointed to the Board of Directors of the St. James Fire Department in April 2019 to fill the unexpired term of John Young. He was subsequently elected to the Board in November 2019. During his tenure Jim has been serving as Treasurer since December 2019. Retired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in August 2008 following 17 years of service, Jim is uniquely qualified to fill the Board’s Treasurer duties. In addition to his Board duties, Jim serves as a Fire Police Lieutenant in the St. James Fire Department.

W. Garren Foy

Volunteering and serving others define Garren. He was a volunteer - Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Logistics team while living in Atlanta. Worked on disaster scenes in SD, CO, TX, AL, MI and WV. Prior to joining the SJFD Garren spent 8 years with the City of Greensboro Fire Department as a Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from 1980-1986. Most recently Garren joined the SJFD EMS team in 2020 where he serves as an EMT. Garren has spent 30 + Years of Leadership in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing currently working with Iqvia, Inc.

David A. Zentmayer

David comes to the Board with a wealth of relevant knowledge, experience, and expertise. A retired professional firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician, David has spent his career “doing” and later successfully leading and teaching others. David’s North Carolina fire fighter certifications include Firefighter I & 11, Driver/Operator for Pumpers & Aerials, Fire Inspector, Fire Trainer, and Fire Officer and certified as a nationally & North Carolina registered Emergency Medical Technician. His career includes 17+ years as a career firefighter in the US Air Force and more recently elected and served on the Spout Springs (North Carolina) Emergency Services Board of Directors (1998-2001). David has served in every firefighter position from nozzlemen to Chief Fire Officer at military installations worldwide, including leading daily operations of a 100-firefighter department manning 5 fire stations and serving the largest Air Logistics Depot in the Air Force. After fire protection, David served special duty as a professional development instructor - growing new leaders across the emergency services spectrum.