Douglas Matthews was named chief of the Lamar County Fire Department by the Lamar County commission at a called meeting Jan. 31. The hiring is effective immediately.Matthews is a native of Lamar County and lives here with his wife and two children. He served and trained under late fire chief Steve Andrews for over 10 years.The motion to hire Matthews was made by commissioner Nancy Thrash and seconded by Bennie Horton. The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Robert Heiney was in Texas on business and missed the meeting.The commission also: voted to use a lease purchase through ACCG/BB&T to acquire a $217,736 Caterpillar motor grader from Yancey Brothers.