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Management Profiles

Fire Chief Casey Snyder Department Director:

Fire Chief Casey Snyder


Gwinnett County Fire Chief Casey Snyder began his successful career with the Fire Department in 1989. He quickly rose through the ranks, proving to be a highly motivated and respected leader, who also gained valuable finance experience in County government along the way.

A strong advocate for the health and safety of our citizens, Casey has a well-articulated vision that integrates the department’s fire, medical, and risk reduction efforts.  His vision also includes an unwavering devotion to the well-being of his 952 employees and their families.

Chief Snyder’s diverse financial and business background has also cultivated the department’s ambitious strategies for long-term efficient and effective service delivery, community risk reduction, and innovative fire and medical methods. His 28 years of devotion to the fire department and the citizens of Gwinnett County is reflected in his efforts to build a stronger, more profound community and one that is prepared for the next decade.

He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and earned an associate of fire science from Perimeter College and a BS in Management from Shorter University. In addition, he is a graduate of the prestigious National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Casey lives in Gwinnett County with his wife, Beverly, and daughter, Ryley.

Assistant Chief Russell Knick Operations Division Director:

Assistant Chief Russell Knick


Russell Knick oversees the Operations division, the department’s largest division consisting of over 800 sworn personnel in the 31 fire stations located across the county as well as the department’s Fire Academy. During his 27 years of service in the department, Chief Knick served many leadership roles to include serving as a District Commander in the Fire Chief’s Office. Chief Knick holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University.

Assistant Chief Dan Hansen Business Services Division Director:

Assistant Chief Dan Hansen


Dan Hansen began his career with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services in 1976. He started as a firefighter recruit 41 years ago and has worked his way through the ranks. In 2010, he was appointed to Assistant Fire Chief of the Business Services Division. Dan manages a $116 million dollar budget, provides leadership to more than 30 employees, and oversees all department fire facilities, apparatus, and supplies. Under his direction, the Business Services Division has undergone a transformation to meet the growing needs of the Fire and Emergency Services in Gwinnett. Dan also serves as a member of the Health and Safety Committee.

Stephen Hrustich Community Risk Reduction Division Director/Fire Marshal:

Stephen Hrustich


In 1984, Stephen started his career in New York State where he served at every level within the organizational structure, progressing through the ranks to serve as fire chief his last 7 years. He is an experienced course developer and instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. In 2012, Stephen joined the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services as Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal for the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Division.

Stephen earned an AS in Fire Science and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Binghamton University and also holds a MS in Executive Fire Leadership and Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and holds both the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) designations from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.

Director Jere  Jordan Employee Support and Initiatives Assistant Chief:

Director Jere Jordan


Jere Jordan joined Fire and Emergency Services in 1996. Beginning in the education section, Jere’s background in public education, marketing, and business management quickly benefitted the department’s development. She now serves as director of the Employee Support and Initiatives Division with 21 years of service. Jere has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration.