NORMAN — Moore Fire Chief Charles Stephens plans to retire next month.
Stephens will step down June 29, Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said in a news release.
Eddy has named Deputy Chief Gary Bird as the successor for Stephens, effective June 30.
Stephens, who has been with the department for 32 years, was appointed chief in 1994. His retirement comes at a time when the department is enjoying the recent construction of three new fire stations with fire administration offices.
“I feel honored to have had the privilege to serve as fire chief and work for the city of Moore,” Stephens said. “I have enjoyed being part of the Moore Fire family these many years. I leave with the confidence that the department rests in good hands and will continue to provide excellent service to our community.”
In 2011, under Stephens’ leadership, the Moore Fire Department relocated two stations and opened Fire Station No. 4 in northeast Moore to increase the level of fire protection.
The Fire Department has 74 employees with 66 firefighters, five fire prevention professionals and three administrators.
“In my time working with Chief Stephens, I have appreciated his leadership and dedication,” Eddy said. “I have full confidence in Moore Fire to continue the high standard of service that Chief Stephens has demonstrated.”