Longtime Richmond Hill Fire Chief Vernon Rushing made it official Tuesday night, announcing his retirement to the council. Rushing has been chief since 1997. He has been with the department since 1968 and was appointed assistant chief in 1974.
Rushing, 64, was placed on paid administrative leave in June, but city officials never gave an explanation for the action. Rushing said Tuesday times had changed and people had changed as well.
"Basically the ways of the world have changed. I'm an old style person ... my ways aren't the ways that suit the other parts of the city, so I think it's time to get out and let some new blood get in," he said.
Rushing, who received applause and congratulations from council members and city officials after his announcement, remains on paid leave. His retirement will be effective Nov. 15.
Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler said the city will launch a search for his successor.
Read the full story in the Sept. 21 issue of the Bryan County News.