Littleton Fire Chief Chris Armstrong will step down from his position effective Oct. 10, about 2 1/2 months before the department is dissolved and the city begins contracting with South Metro Fire …
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Littleton Fire Chief Chris Armstrong will step down from his position effective Oct. 10, about 2 1/2 months before the department is dissolved and the city begins contracting with South Metro Fire Rescue for service in January.
Armstrong will take the helm of the Hall County, Georgia, fire department, according to a city news release sent out on the afternoon of Sept. 7. Division Chief Jeff Tasker will take his place as interim chief until the end of the year, when South Metro takes over.
“Chief Armstrong has been a great leader for our fire department, and our entire organization,” City Manager Mark Relph said. “He's been a huge help getting us through the South Metro discussion. I'm not surprised another organization sees him as a high value.”
Armstrong has been with Littleton Fire Rescue since December 2013. Before that, Armstrong worked as a deputy chief of operations for Miramar Fire Rescue in Miramar, Florida, where he started his career as a paramedic.
“This has been a bittersweet decision, but my family and I are excited to be closer to our extended family," Armstrong said in the statement.
Armstrong's departure won't have much impact on transition efforts for the fire departments, said Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman.
“There are so many people working on the merger to make sure it goes clean and easy,” Brinkman said. “So much of what we're doing is just on paper. We're not moving buildings or anything. All the trucks and the troops are staying in place. The heavy lifting is done.”
South Metro Fire Rescue chief Bob Baker said he wishes Armstrong well.
"Chief Armstrong's legacy of helping shepherd the unification between LFR and SMFR has been extremely critical to the future of our organizations, and we are grateful for his service, guidance and leadership throughout the process," Baker said in an emailed statement. "We will certainly miss him."
Tasker and South Metro can handle what's left, Brinkman said.
“Chief Armstrong wouldn't leave a mess,” Brinkman said. “He's not that kind of a guy.”
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