Ray began his fire service career as a firefighter in the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department in 1985. Ray was hired on to the City of Shelby Fire Department in 1988. Ray served as a Fire Fighter, Fire Inspector, Assistant Fire Marshal and Fire Marshal until his retirement from the City of Shelby in 2017. Ray began working part time for other municipalities to assist in their code enforcement needs. Ray has served on many safety committees and comes to Gaston County with over 33 years in the Fire Service with 24 of those years in Fire Code Enforcement and Investigations. Ray also served the City of Shelby as a Law Enforcement Officer from 1987-1995.
Ray holds a N.C. Level 3 Fire Inspector Certification, and many other State Certifications.
He is an avid photographer and Ordained Minister.