Vail fire chief to leave post |

Vail fire chief to leave post

Daily file photoJohn Gulick

VAIL ” Vail Fire Chief John Gulick will leave his position Aug. 6 for an administrative post, the town said Friday.

Under a department “reorganization plan,” a search for a new fire chief will begin as soon as possible, officials said. Gulick has been fire chief since 1999.

“We’ve matured to the point that we need to expand our leadership capacity,” said Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler in a statement released Friday afternoon. “John has provided over 30 years of loyal service to the community, and he’ll continue to put that experience to good use.”

Neither Gulick nor Zemler could be reached Friday afternoon.

In his new job, Gulick will develop a “succession plan for the department’s senior staff,” work on the proposed West Vail fire station, assist with pre-emergency planning, and help with training programs, the town said.

Gulick started with the department in 1976 as a volunteer firefighter. The Fire Department has 15 firefighters, 5 administrators, 12 student residents and six wildland firefighters.

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