TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Chief Ashley Fields of the Tybee Island Fire Department announced his resignation last month, but the search to fill his shoes is just now beginning.
The city posted the job on Monday. The search ends July 6. Interested people can apply here.
Fields ended his almost three-year tenure on Tuesday. Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman said an interim chief will take his place until they find a full-time replacement.
Fields says he made this choice as a personal family decision.
Buelterman said they are sad to see him go and wish he and his family nothing but the best.
While the resignation came as a shocker to the town of Tybee Island, moving quickly on a replacement is important because he or she will also lead the Tybee Ocean Rescue for lifeguards and beach safety.
"So obviously, that's very important given the fact that this is already the start of the summer, that we have somebody in place to take on that role," Buelterman said.
Buelterman says they are working diligently for his replacement so other services will not suffer from lack of management.
"I think that we will have an interim in place and our city manager will make sure there are no gaps in service. We've fully funded our lifeguards for this season and I don't see any reason why there would be any issues," Buelterman said.
"Chief Fields did a good job with bringing in some full time paid firefighters and also some part-time paid firefighters. That's something he has done and we will continue that obviously. That's a good legacy for him to leave," Buelterman said.