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Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams to retire in January

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man who has served as Spokane's Fire Chief longer than anyone else in the department's history announced on Monday he will be retiring in 2017. 

Chief Bobby Williams announced he will retire on January 22, 2017 after more than 28 years with the Spokane Fire Department. 

“Chief Williams has spent the better part of his professional career making sure that the Spokane Fire Department answered the call when members of our community needed it most,” Spokane Mayor David Condon said in a press release sent out Monday morning. “He has advanced our ability to meet the unique needs of the people who require assistance, introduced greater efficiencies into the system, and improved the safety of our firefighters.”

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer will serve as the interim chief while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement. 

“I’m honored to have served alongside the incredible men and women who are always there when someone calls for help,” Chief Williams said. “I am proud of the many accomplishments that have been achieved by our department in advancing outstanding service to Spokane and am so appreciative of the wonderful support we have received from the community during my watch. The fire department is in very good hands.”

Chief Williams has been with the department during some of Spokane's most notable incidents, including Ice Storm, Fire Storm and last year's Windstorm. 

In December, Chief Williams will celebrate 50 years of commitment to the fire service and the communities that he has served. In addition to his role as fire chief, Williams has served as President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, Chairman of the Board of the International Fire Code Institute, a member of the State Building Code Council and in leadership positions on numerous local boards.

“Anyone who has interacted with Chief Williams during his time with the Spokane Fire Department knows him as a kind, humble and dedicated public servant,” Condon said. “We will miss Chief Williams’ leadership and positive influence on the department and the Spokane Community.”

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