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Lynch To Retire As Fire Chief; New Interim Chief Named

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Interim Nashville Fire Chief John W. "Billy" Lynch will retire at the end of August, and Assistant Fire Chief Richard T. "Rick" White will become the new interim fire chief.

Mayor Karl Dean announced the changes in leadership on Tuesday, calling it a historic day in Nashville. Dean said Lynch "loves this city and understands the role of a public servant."

Lynch has worked for Metro Government under six mayors over the past 45 years. He has served as interim fire chief since Steve Halford retired in April 2012.

The Nashville native has served as director of Metro Public Works, director of Human Resources and chief deputy sheriff, as well as a previous stint as interim fire chief.

After the 2010 floods, Lynch and the staff at Public Works organized and directed the massive cleanup of the city in less than 30 days.

He will continue to serve in a part-time role as a special advisor to Mayor Dean and assist with the Fire Department, Public Works and other special projects.

Lynch began working for Metro in 1968 in the Human Resources Department, and became the youngest assistant director of any Metro Department at age 25.

White has worked at the department for 35 years, beginning in 1978 as a firefighter and rising through the ranks until being named assistant chief in 2003.

Mayor Dean said White is "obligated to people and community." White will serve as interim chief while the search continues for a full-time chief.

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