ALTON — Fire Chief Scott Williams said yesterday that he has retired from the town's Fire Department. He has been with the department for 30 years, serving as part-time chief for the past seven.
Williams said that he and Town Administrator Russ Bailey had a conversation Thursday and he felt the two were heading in different directions as it related to the future of the Fire Department.
"The department has a lot of (future) challenges in equipment and at some point a building," Williams said, noting the department is handling 750 calls annually.
Williams said his departure from the department was not done out of animosity or anger and he said he and Bailey parted, "before we stopped liking each other."
"I have no regrets," said Williams about retirement. "I love the Fire Department."
He said because of his involvement with the department, he's done some of the most interesting things that he never thought he'd be able to do, including flying in a Black Hawk helicopter.
Williams said that it was a good time for him and his family for him to retire as chief. He said his full-time work as an excavator and builder has been growing considerably in the past few years and he'll be able to dedicate more time to that.
He added that he and his wife were in the "buttoning down" stages of their lives where he would like to begin planning for a time when they can spend their winters in the Caribbean.
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