LACEY - Jim Broman is leaving his post as chief of Lacey Fire District 3, effective June 30. But he might not be out of the business long.
Broman, 66, said he told his senior staff and the board of fire commissioners of his plans last week.
The idea was to retire until he heard from Redmond a few weeks ago that he was a finalist for its fire chief position, Broman said.
“I told them (Red-mond) that I didn’t have any end date or target out there,” he said. “If I came out there, it would be as long as I’d be effective.”
The interview process, he wrote in an e-mail to personnel, will take place toward the end of this month, with a decision to follow in March.
Broman said that before getting word from Redmond, he was content with retiring.
He released an e-mail statement about leaving Lacey and spoke with staff members Wednesday.
“This clock inside me was chiming,” Broman said, adding, “it took a couple months to think that through, but I finally decided this is the right thing. It’s not about leaving the Lacey Fire District; it’s about a time for change.”
Broman has been the chief in Lacey for 22 years and in the fire service for 45 years, including tenures in Colorado, Illinois and Michigan. The next step is for the Lacey commission to formulate a transition plan to “identify district leadership and any functional changes” until the next chief is found, Broman wrote to his staff.
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