Nashville Fire Chief Steve Halford announced on Thursday he plans to retire from his position on May 1.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Nashville's Fire Chief,” he said in a release.
He continued, “I am humbled to have worked alongside such dedicated and caring emergency professionals. They are truly the best. I am also grateful to mayors Bill Purcell and Karl Dean for the confidence and trust they placed in me by allowing me to be their fire chief. Both are great leaders and visionaries.”
Halford, who has served Nashville since 2001, is the longest tenured chief in Metro history.
He said he looks forward to spending more time with his family, as well as traveling.
Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch will serve as interim fire chief.
Lynch, who has worked for Metro government in numerous capacities over 43 years, served as interim fire chief before Halford was appointed to the position.