After seven months on the job as McMinnville’s fire chief, Randy Walker will say farewell to the city today.
“I have submitted my resignation,” said Walker. “I appreciate the opportunity I was given to serve this wonderful city, but I have been offered and have accepted the position as fire chief with the town of Palm Beach Shores in Florida.”
Walker was hired by the city March 26 after an extensive search and interview process. He came from Statesboro, Ga., and will be taking over the reins of his new fire department Nov. 15.
Although he is not retiring, he will be experiencing a more relaxing atmosphere.
“The town is a small community of approximately 1,500 residents located on Singer Island in Palm Beach County,” said Walker. “I was told they get called out about five times a month, but they can’t remember when they last had a structure fire.”
The area is primarily a retirement community with three marinas and a few resorts. Its fire department is comprised of one fire station with two fire engines, staffed with volunteer firefighters and a paid fire chief.
Despite his short time at McMinnville Fire Department, Walker says he will miss it.
“I will miss McMinnville and the friends I have made here, but in particular I want to express my gratitude to the firefighters of the city of McMinnville. They have worked very hard during my time as fire chief and I could never appropriately state the wonderful job they do for the citizens of McMinnville. They have every right to be proud and I know the community is very proud of them as well.”
The job of filling the vacant position will fall to city administrator David Rutherford. By current city ordinance, he has the authority to hire and fire department directors as one of his duties.