Chief Greg Grayson (retired) joined Developmental Associates in 2017 as a Senior Consultant working on executive selection projects, coaching, and fire service organizational development.
Greg holds a master of public administration, bachelor, and associate in fire protection. He holds numerous professional credentials including Chief Fire Officer (CFO), MIFireE from the Institution of Fire Protection Engineers, and multiple other fire service certifications, including being North Carolina’s first Advanced Firefighter. Outside of the fire industry he holds the highly respected Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP credentials.
Greg has more than 34 years of progressive experience in the North Carolina fire and rescue service. His experience includes beginning public service as a volunteer firefighter and ascending the career ranks to become the Fire Marshal/Fire Rescue Director for Wake County, North Carolina. In the following seventeen years, he served as the fire chief for three North Carolina urban cities – Burlington, Asheville, and Greensboro.
In 2015, his long-term, dedicated public service to the people of North Carolina was recognized by the Governor through the prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”, the state’s highest honor that can be awarded to a citizen.
Upon retiring from local government service, Chief Grayson was appointed by the State Fire Marshal in 2015 to proactively serve as the state’s first and only public fire service management consultant, providing high-level technical assistance to county and municipal managers. He also managed statewide fire service advancement initiatives and led the Office of State Fire Marshal Technical Services program.
He is active in the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and the IAFC Metropolitan Fire Chiefs organizations and continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter in his home community. He is the founder of NC Fire Rescue Innovative Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in providing progressive local government leaders professional services regarding fire and rescue technical expertise, education, problem resolution, strategic planning, advice, and guidance.