Stamping Ground’s Fire Chief Chuck Helms, and Parks & Public Works Commissioner Will Hollon, both announced they are stepping down from their roles at Tuesday’s city commission meeting.
After 41 years in Fire and Emergency Services, Helms is retiring from his role of Fire Chief of Stamping Ground. Helms’ last day as fire chief will be Sept. 30.
“After the loss of my wife, I realized how short life can be,” said Helms in his resignation letter delivered to the Stamping Ground commissioners. “It is time for me to enjoy my new life with my grandkids and my family at home... I cannot tell you I’m not torn with the decision, but again, I know it is the right decision. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support from the mayor, the city commissioners, both previous and current, along with the community. This community will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Stamping Ground is in the process of selecting a successor for Helms, said Mayor Keith Murphy. There are a couple candidates they have in mind, he said. Murphy would like to name Helms’ successor by August to provide eight weeks time for a transition,he said. There will be a change of command ceremony which the community will be invited to.
“I really appreciate all you did for the city,” said Commissioner Robert Jones to Helms. “And I wish you weren’t leaving. I mean, I’d like to make the motion that, ‘No, we’re not going to send you away today.’ But I wish you all the best. We appreciate everything you’ve done. And I’d like to make a motion to accept your resignation.”
The motion to accept Helms’ resignation passed. To honor Helms’ service to the community, the commissioners also approved a motion to name Helms the grand marshal of the Stamping Ground Fourth of July parade.
Stamping Ground Parks & Public Works Commissioner Will Hollon also announced his resignation at Tuesday’s meeting. Hollon has accepted a job in Louisville that will require him to train for five months in South Carolina, he said. His resignation will be effective July 31. The commissioners will have 30 days to fill the vacancy by appointment or else the governor may appoint someone to fill the vacancy, according to state law (KRS 83A.040(5)).
“I really appreciate this opportunity,” said Hollon. “I’ve learned a lot here.”
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