On Jan. 6, Emergency Management Director Bill Quinton, requested the Bolivar County Board of Supervisor hire Phillips as county fire coordinator.
Members of the board went into executive session to discuss the matter and a few moments after a loud debate, they decided to hire Phillips.
"I think that hiring Mr. Phillips was a very good move for the county. I am very excited about it," said Supervisor James McBride.
"Mr. Phillips performs duties that are beyond the realm of his responsibilities. For what he does, he deserves the position and all of the benefits that come along with the position," he added.
Phillips said that he has to now play an even bigger role in serving the great citizens of the county.
"With every role comes great responsibility and I am up for the challenge," said Phillips.
"I am honored that I have been chosen by the county to serve as the Bolivar County Fire Coordinator. It gives me great pleasure to feel that the county has vested strong trust in me. I look forward to continue working for many more years to come," he added.
Phillips has been a contracted employee with the county for over eight years and he said that he has enjoyed every moment of the experience.
"I think that Bolivar County has one of the best volunteer fire departments. We have some highly dedicated volunteer fireman and I am elated to have served as a leader in the fire department," he said.
"There is always room for improvement and the fire department is always working to improve upon the quality of service that we offer to our citizens in their time of need," he added.
Phillips said that the success of any organization or entity could be attributed to the qualities possessed by its leader.
Before taking on the role as the volunteer fire chief,, he started out as a fireman for the county in 1990 and his passion never ceased.
After serving his county for over 10 years as a fireman, he then decided to take on an even bigger challenge as the volunteer fire chief.
"Part of the reason why I am so passionate about my job is because I am passionate about the county. Bolivar County is one of the greatest places to live," said Phillips, who is a native of Bolivar.
Phillips attended Cleveland High School and he has five children.
He will not begin his duties as the county's fire coordinator until after the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meet on Jan. 20.
"The purpose of the meeting is to make sure that we are all on the same page as far as the needs of the county. We are also going to discuss what is expected of them. Members of the board of supervisors just want to ensure that all county employees are operating on the same line of communication," said McBride.