El Dorado County Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Lacher has announced plans to retire.
Lacher said he plans to retire on March 4, 2013 after 31 years in the firefighting business.
“I feel like I’ve had the privilege of moving up the ranks and being the chief for 11-plus years,” he said. “My wife and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our lives. It was a tough decision.”
He said he felt “truly blessed to serve as chief” and that he’s “forever grateful” to all of those involved.
He wanted to announced his retirement early as he said he wanted to “give plenty of time to find a replacement. There’s plenty of talent in the district,” he said, noting it could save the board of directors money instead of hiring from outside the district.
“I’m proud,” he said of his time as a firefighter. “I’ve got many great memories. But it’s time, and I don’t want (the board of directors) to feel rushed. It’ll be 12 years by the time I retire, and I feel I owe it to them.”