The Paragould City Council approved an ordinance to appoint a fire marshal to the Paragould Fire Department.
The council hosted their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.
Fire Chief Kevin Lang says Division Chief Chris Rollings was appointed as the fire marshal for the department.
Lang said having Rollings serve as a fire marshal would allow fire investigations to remain in-house and gives Rollings law enforcement authority.
In the past, the department worked with the Paragould Police Department's Criminal Investigations Department on fire investigations.
Lang said Rollings will have to complete additional law enforcement classes throughout the year.?
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