Hood retires after two years as chief

Worked in fire safety since 1978

By Kathy Jefcoats


RIVERDALE — Two years after being appointed permanent chief over Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, Jeff Hood is hanging up his helmet.

Hood, 53, has worked in fire services since 1978 when he was 19. He was promoted to chief April 5, 2011, after serving as interim since Christmas Day 2010.


Chief Jeff Hood

He told employees Monday that July 19 will be his last day.

Hood had been a Clayton firefighter since September 1978 and immediately immersed himself into additional training, said Assistant Chief Landry Merkison. Hood got his paramedic certification in 1981 and over the years has served as paramedic sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and assistant chief of emergency operations.

The Hood family has lived in Clayton since the late 1800s with Jeff Hood making his home in Rex with his wife of 31 years, Suzanne. The couple raised two sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Justin Hood.