Joby Smith

Chief, Bay Co. Emergency Management

Joby Smith, a native of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, received his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Auburn University in 1990. After returning home from college, he joined the Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Department (MSVFD) and found his true passion for serving others. During his 20 years with MSVFD he served in many different capacities including Chief and Assistant Chief for nearly 18 years. Joby began his professional career as a sales representative in the Fire Equipment industry in 1990 serving customers in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and the Panhandle of Florida for over 9 years before he moved into the Public Safety Radio industry for the next 8 years. In 2007, he left the field of sales and went to work for the City of Foley Fire Department as a Firefighter/Fire Inspector until he moved to Bay County, Florida in 2010 in his present position of Emergency Management Division Chief. In his current role with Bay County Emergency Services Joby oversees the

  • Operations of the Bay County Public Safety Radio system that serves over 2,000 users from all jurisdictions within the county
  • County 911 system including 2 primary PSAP’s and 4 secondary PSAP’s
  • County dispatch center that dispatches for all 8 fire departments within Bay County as well as Bay County EMS
  • Emergency Management program for the county.

He most recently served as the Incident Commander for Bay County’s response to Hurricane Michael, one of the most severe storms to ever strike the United States. Joby maintains his Florida Firefighter 2 standards, his NREMT license, and his Florida Professional Emergency Manager certification, as well as many others. Most recently, Joby was honored by being named the “Chad Reed” Emergency Management Professional of the Year for 2019. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, boating, and spending time with his family.

General Session

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