The city will conduct a full search for its next fire chief as Georgetown Fire Chief John Ward has announced his retirement Aug. 1, said Mayor Tom Prather.

The search will be within and outside the fire department, the mayor said.

Ward has served with the Georgetown Fire Department for 25 years, stated a city press release. During that time, the department has grown from 22 to 58 employees and has become one of the premier fire departments in Kentucky, the press release states.

“Under his leadership as chief, the department established the Officer Development Program and the Citizen’s Fire Academy, started a joint training program with the City of Frankfort, hired the department’s first female fire captain and received numerous grants and recognitions,” states                                                                       the press release. “In 2016, the department achieved an ISO rating of 2, a rating only 2 percent of the fire departments nationwide have achieved, a testament to his experience and leadership.”

Ward joined the department in 1994 as a firefighter, EMT and was promoted to captain in 1998 where he served for 13 years. He was promoted to assistant fire chief in 2011 and fire chief in 2014.

The mayor thanked Ward for his service to the city, and that he would be hard to replace.

Mike Scogin can be reached at mscogin@news-graphic.com.

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