BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – After 43 years of working in the fire service, Boardman Fire Chief George Brown is retiring.
Brown said the three-year contract he signed with the department expires this summer. He previously served as Howland’s fire chief.
He said part of being a good leader is knowing when to retire, and he said that time is now. Brown also said this was a decision he made on his own, and he was not forced out of the position.
Given budget restraints, Brown said he has done everything he can as chief, and it’s time for a new person to carry the torch.
“We did anticipate this day, and are thankful that Chief Brown helped us develop the young talent within the fire department,” Costello continued. “This will allow us to look internally for a new chief, and I am confident we have some good prospects.”
Brown said he appreciated the opportunity to serve the residents and has plans to remain in the community. He and his wife recently purchased a home in the township.
“I wish the Board of Trustees the best of luck in the future,” said Brown.
His last day will be in mid-July.
Brown was instrumental in implementing many initiatives in the township including the No Child Sleeps Unprotected which provided over 750 smoke detectors from businesses and civic organization. Under his direction the department also purchased a ladder truck and new radio system.