Chief Gordon has been a part of the North Carolina Fire Service for more than thirty years. He began his fire service career on May 25, 1984 as a member of the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department in Cleveland County, and served as Fire Chief from July 01, 1991 until July 31, 2017. Chief Gordon continues to serve the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department today as a Member, Chairman to the Board of Directors, and Chairman to the Local Relief Fund Board. He has served in various positions with the Cleveland County Firefighters' Association, as well as the Cleveland County Rural Fire Commission, where he currently serves as the Chairman.
Chief Gordon is a career firefighter with the Charlotte Fire Department. He began his career there in 1991, and, as a Captain, served in several special assignments, including Training Officer from 1999-2002, and Haz-Mat Captain from 2002-2005. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2005 and served as Chief of Training from 2007-2015. In 2015, Chief Gordon was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief and is assigned as the Deputy Chief of Administration. He has also served as an elected Trustee for the Charlotte Firefighter's Retirement System since 2005.
Chief Gordon holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland, a Master's Degree in Fire Protection and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and graduated from the National Fire Academy's prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program. He has also been designated as a Chief Fire Officer, Chief Training Officer, and Chief EMS Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Chief Gordon currently serves as a Director on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and is a Past President of the North Carolina Firefighters' Association. He has received the following recognitions: 2013 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs and 2014 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year from the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs for his work and dedication to his volunteer department.
Chief Gordon is a member of the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees, serving as the fire service appointee for Governor Pat McCrory. He is a member of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, serving as the appointee for North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore. He is also a member of the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission's Certification Board, for which he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.