News Flash


Posted on: September 18, 2023

Town of Clayton Names New Fire Chief

CFD Chief Ranes

The Town of Clayton has hired Chief David Ranes to serve as the next leader of the Clayton Fire Department. 

Chief Ranes, who will officially begin his new role on Oct. 16, was selected from more than 70 applicants from across the nation and brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to the safety and well-being of our community.  

“Chief Ranes excelled in all areas of the selection process. He is a long-time resident of Johnston County, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from Cary that will benefit the Town of Clayton as we continue to develop and expand our fire and emergency services,” said Town Manager Rich Cappola. “We look forward to working closely with our new Fire Chief as he leads our exceptional firefighting team into a future filled with courage, resilience, and unwavering service to our town."    

With 30 years of experience in the fire service, Chief Ranes has demonstrated exceptional leadership, strategic planning, and a passion for fire safety. His extensive knowledge of emergency response, incident management, and community engagement make him the ideal candidate to lead the Clayton Fire Department into the future.  

For the past 25 years, Chief Ranes has served the Cary Fire Department in various ranks from firefighter to assistant fire chief. His dedication to professional development and continuous improvement has earned him the respect of his peers and colleagues. Chief Ranes believes that when you make employees a priority, you empower them to do great things, not only for themselves, but for the organization.    

According to Chief Ranes, he is committed to maintaining and enhancing the Clayton Fire Department’s high standards of service. He plans to focus on strengthening community partnerships, improving response times, and ensuring the safety of both residents and firefighters.   

“The Town of Clayton Fire Department is one of the premiere fire departments, not just in Johnston County, but in the region. To be selected for this position is an honor and a privilege. As Clayton continues to develop and change, the fire department must also grow and be adaptive,” said Chief Ranes. “I am excited to face new challenges, and as the fire chief, I look forward to guiding the department into the future.”  

Ranes will be taking over the helm from former Fire Chief Lee Barbee, who served the fire department for nearly 48 years. Following his service to the department, Barbee transitioned to the role of interim deputy town manager and then eventually deputy town manager. During this extended transition period, Interim Fire Chief Matt Sutphin graciously accepted the responsibility of leading the department. 

“I've had the privilege of knowing David since his days as a volunteer firefighter in Wilson's Mills. Over the years, as David ascended the ranks within the Cary Fire Department, he steadfastly maintained close ties with Johnston County, said Barbee. “It's evident that he never forgot his beginnings and exhibited unwavering support for the Clayton Fire Department during times of adversity, including the trying period of the COVID-19 pandemic.”   

Barbee's sentiment is one of genuine pride in Ranes’s remarkable achievements, and he said he eagerly anticipates a collaborative partnership with the Town’s fire and police departments in their mission to service the community.  

Ranes is a 2020 graduate of Fayetteville State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Serice Administration. He has earned more than 20 certifications in his field including Fire Officer III from the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (NCOSFM) in 2014, Advanced Firefighter Certificate from the North Carolina State Firefighter's Association in 2017, Quality Improvement Through Accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2019, and the Chief Officer Executive Development Program in 2021. He also is a 1990 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Facebook Event Earth Day (Instagram Post)

Clayton Earth Day Clean Up

Posted on: February 13, 2024

FY25 Budget Survey

Posted on: February 1, 2024
Jeff Dye headshot 1

Comedian Jeff Dye Added to Schedule

Posted on: February 5, 2024 | Last Modified on: December 9, 2020
thumbnail_Duffy 2-2

Meet Us Monthly: Michael Duffy

Posted on: February 5, 2024
Tim Robbins (2)

Meet Clayton's New Public Works Director

Posted on: December 7, 2023

Connect with Clayton Newsletter

Posted on: October 17, 2023

Clayton BBQ Challenge

Posted on: September 14, 2023
Untitled design

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day

Posted on: September 1, 2023
Work force survey (Instagram Post (Square))

Regional Skills Analysis

Posted on: July 24, 2023

National Intern Day 2023

Posted on: July 27, 2023
Screenshot 2023-07-05 140139

National Parks and Recreation Month

Posted on: July 11, 2023
Untitled design (2)

Southeast Area Study Update - Survey

Posted on: June 27, 2023
Clayton Utility Tracker

Clayton Utility Tracker

Posted on: June 2, 2023

24th Annual NCAMES Lineman's Rodeo

Posted on: May 31, 2023
Untitled design (22)

Square-to-Square Street Festival

Posted on: May 10, 2023

Downtown Clayton Concert Series

Posted on: May 10, 2023
Earth Day Litter Sweep Graphic - April 22

Clayton Earth Day Clean Up

Posted on: March 9, 2023

Municipal Park Groundbreaking

Posted on: November 22, 2016