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Chattanooga's Fire Chief retires

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Our most sincere and heartfelt congratulations to our Chief Lamar Flint. Thank you for your 29+ years of service and sacrifice. Thank you for leaving the Chattanooga Fire Department better than you found it. You will be missed.

Posted by Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, Local 820 on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Chattanooga Fire Chief Lamar Flint has retired. CFD photo Chattanooga Fire Chief Lamar Flint has retired. CFD photo

After 29 years with the Chattanooga Fire Department, Chief Lamar Flint has retired.

Channel 3 learned of the retirement on Mayor Andy Berke's Twitter page. "Happy retirement to @ChattFireDept Chief Flint. Thank you for 29 years of service & commitment to #CHA," wrote Berke on March 31, posting the message with a picture of a cake congratulating Flint.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson, Bruce Garner, confirmed that Executive Deputy and Chief Operations Chief Chris Adams will serve as interim chief and Mayor Berke will pick a permanent replacement in the future.

That information was later confirmed by Mayor Berke's spokesperson, Lacie Newton Stone, who forwarded the email Mayor Berke shared with city employees on March 16. The email states the application process began on April 1. 

Read the full email below:

From: Mayor Berke
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 3:30 PM
To: City of Chattanooga
Subject: Chief Flint Retirement

The Chattanooga Fire Department is committed to ensuring  the safety of our citizens and for the last 29 years Chief Lamar Flint has worked hard to uphold that commitment. While Chief Flint has devoted his life to the firefighting profession, earlier this year he made the difficult decision to retire at the end of the month. I am grateful for Chief’s dedication and leadership, which recently included working with my office to find a solution to pay plan issues to ensure our public safety employees are treated professionally, respectfully, and fairly.  Please join me in thanking Chief Flint for his service to our City.

An application process will begin on April 1, 2015, to choose the next Chief of the Chattanooga Fire Department. Beginning April 1, Chief Adams will serve as Interim Fire Chief until that process is complete.

Again, thank you to Chief Flint for his decades of service to our citizens and to the City of Chattanooga.


Mayor Andy Berke

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