During a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Karl Dean announced Rick White as the new interim chief of the Metro Fire Department.
White, who is replacing former interim Billy Lynch, has worked with the fire department for 35 years.
“Billy loves Nashville and the people who live here, and our city is fortunate to have had such a dedicated public servant work in so many areas of our Metro government,” Mayor Dean said.
He continued, “He has helped make several of our departments more efficient and effective and leaves behind many Metro employees inspired by his commitment to public service. All Billy has ever wanted to do was serve the people of Nashville, and he has done so in a way that has made me and five mayors before me very proud.”
Lynch, who had been serving as the interim chief since April 2012, is scheduled to retire later this month after 45 years of service.
“This city means the world to me,” Lynch said. “As a native Nashvillian, I take enormous pride in the incredible growth and progress that Nashville has made. Serving the citizens of this great city has been my life's work, and I will always be grateful to have been given this opportunity by Nashville's mayors. Nashville has been fortunate to have had outstanding and dedicated leaders, and from my experience working at four different Metro agencies, our employees are also the best.”
Tuesday's new leadership announcement was made at 1 p.m. at the Mayor's Office.