A new Watauga County Fire Marshall has been hired.

Watauga Online reports Watauga native Shane Garland took over the position June 21, replacing Taylor Marsh, who stepped away to take a new role with the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal.

According to the report, Garland has served as a Captain with the Boone Fire Department, and has more than 25 years of experience in the fire service.

Garland is a current Level III Fire Prevention Inspector, certified Fire Investigator, and a Level II Fire Officer.