HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) – A Hamilton County official has passed away over the weekend.

Clay Ingle with Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS) says Chief Jim Poplin died Saturday of an illness.

Chief Poplin founded STARS in 1983 and served as its only chief.

Poplin began his career as a volunteer firefighter for Sale Creek Fire Department, and went on to join the Chattanooga Fire Department.

As president of APBA Offshore Racing, Poplin is credited for bringing the races to Lake Chickamauga for three years, starting in 2005.

Visitation will be at Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway Monday July 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with a service to follow.