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Greensboro Fire Chief Announces New Retirement Date

Post Date:04/08/2008

Contact: Elaine Tricoli
Phone: 336-373-2421

GREENSBORO, NC – (April 8, 2008) – Greensboro Fire Chief Johnny Teeters today announced his intention to retire at the end of May this year. Teeters had previously announced a retirement date of December 15, 2008. Given that the study of the department’s operations is going out to bid, and that the department’s budget will have been submitted by the end of May, Teeters said he feels the timing is good for a May departure.

“I’ve realized what others before me have also been through,” said Teeters. “Once you’ve announced that you are leaving an organization, there’s an expectation of change. I think the department should have a quicker transition and start planning its future. I’m really proud of this department, and I know that it’s not the leader that makes it great; it’s the people. They’ll be just fine, and I’ll be glad to provide any assistance they might need going forward.”

City Manager Mitchell Johnson praised Teeters’ service, saying, “I appreciate Johnny’s loyalty to the department and the great job he’s done building and maintaining one of the best fire departments in the state, if not the nation. We all wish him well in his retirement.”

Mayor Yvonne Johnson added her gratitude for Teeters’ 44 years of service, thanking him “for being a part of the team that made Greensboro’s Fire Department great.”

Teeters began his career with the City of Greensboro on April 1, 1964 as a firefighter. He subsequently received numerous promotions and served stints as a captain, battalion chief, assistant chief and deputy chief before being named fire chief in 1999. Under Teeters’ leadership, the Greensboro Fire Department achieved a Class One rating from the National Insurance Services Office, making Greensboro one of only 30 cities in the nation – and the only one in North Carolina – to garner the distinction.

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