SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — The chief of the Salisbury Fire Department has announced he is resigning to pursue personal and professional interests.

According to the mayor’s office, Jeffrey Simpson submitted a short resignation letter on Monday. His last day will be on Jan. 20.

Simpson was appointed as chief in November 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the replacement of three ambulances and trimmed $2.3 million off the price of a new fire station. The mayor’s office says Simpson also focused on developing recognition and training programs for employees and volunteers.

The office says Deputy Chief Rick Hoppes will take on the role of acting chief. Hoppes also served as acting chief after the
retirement of former Chief David See in 2009.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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