Preston Announces Chellis Leaving Emergency Services

(Binghamton, NY) After years of service and dedication, Broome County is losing one of its key department heads.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announces that Broome County Emergency Services Director and Fire Coordinator Brett Chellis decided to leave his post for a new career opportunity.

Chellis’ last day with Broome County will be Friday, June 19th.

“This loss will be greatly felt by those who know Brett Chellis personally, as well as the community as a whole,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “Brett has served this community well for over 30 years.  He is a dear friend of mine. We cannot thank Brett enough for his dedicated years of hard work and constant service keeping the people of Broome County safe. We wish him the best of luck in his new position.”

Chellis has accepted a position with the New York State Division of Homeland Security’s Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications in Albany.

“I had to think long and hard about this opportunity, but decided I could not turn it down,” says Chellis.  “I am honored to be selected and offered this new responsibility and can’t wait to get to work helping first responders throughout the state.”

EMS Coordinator Raymond Serowik will take over as Director of Emergency Services on an interim basis as the County searches for a new Director.

That search will begin soon, but there is no timetable set for a replacement.

Chellis began his career in Broome County as the Fire Chief of the Endwell Fire Department and then Port Crane Fire Department.  He worked his way up through the ranks and was appointed as the director of Emergency Services in 2006.

During his time in that position, Chellis has been instrumental in dealing with two historic floods as well as the creation of the ‘Emergency Direct Link.’

Broome County, the Office of Emergency Services, WSKG and the Decker Foundation collaborated to create this program, which will allow the government to get vital information out to the community as soon as possible in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

Aside from being grateful for the experience and impact he has made on the community during his time in Broome County, Chellis is thankful for the people he has worked with and under over the years, including County Executive Debbie Preston, for their friendship and support along the way.

“I have enjoyed my time serving the people of Broome County, and this will still be a place that I call home. I won't forget where I came from. I will now be able to add Broome County to the list of places I keep getting accused of talking about too much” says Chellis.


06/10/2015 - 9:00am