Interim Fire Chief Taylor came to work for the Nansemond County Fire Department in June 1973 as a firefighter after spending three years in the United States Army.
He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1985, Captain in 1990 and Battalion Chief in 1994.
Former Fire Chief Mark Outlaw appointed him to the position of Deputy Fire Chief in charge of Special Operations in September 2002. He was responsible for providing oversight of the Communication Center, Emergency Services Commission, Logistics, Purchasing, Capital Projects, Fire Marshal's Office, Technical Services and the Training Division.
Chief Taylor is a native of Suffolk and graduated from Tidewater Community College with an Associate Degree in Fire Science. He and his wife, Toni, reside in the southern part of the city and have three children and four grandchildren.
Prior to his retirement on June 1, 2013, he previously served as Interim Chief from April 2012 to April 2013 following the retirement of Fire Chief Mark Outlaw.