Fire Chief Russell Riner

Russell Riner is a lifelong resident of the City of Sandersville and a third generation Firefighter for the City following his Father (Barney Riner, 50 years of service) and Grandfather (W.O. Riner, 1920-1938).


Chief Riner joined the Fire Department in 1976 as a Volunteer and was promoted through the ranks to become full time Chief of Department in 1999. In 2000, he accepted the role of the County’s Emergency Management Agency Director. 

His education includes a diploma from Washington County High School and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Georgia Southern College. He is a State Certified Firefighter and a State Certified Emergency Management Director with many hours of training which requires annual re-certification.

Through the cooperation with the City’s current and past administrations and the outstanding current Career and Volunteer Firefighters, Chief Riner has helped improve the fire service for the City and to improve fire safety for the Firefighters.

In years past the City's ISO class has improved from a Class 8 to a Class 3 which could reduce homeowner's insurance premiums for local residents.