Nampa Fire Chief resigning 'to be close to family'


    Nampa Fire Chief resigning 'to be close to family' (Courtesy city of Nampa)

    Nampa Fire Chief Phil Roberts is resigning, according to the Nampa mayor's office.

    Mayor Debbie Kling says the resignation will be effective April 1, 2019.

    In a press release, Chief Roberts said “I believe at this time, it is best for me to be close to my family. With aging parents who need care and grandbabies that I want to hold close and love. I tender my resignation as Fire Chief of the Nampa City Fire Department.”

    The mayor's office said Roberts started working for the Nampa Fire Department in 2015 as fire marshal, being promoted to chief the next year.

    “Chief Roberts’ visionary leadership has been a tremendous asset to the City of Nampa," Mayor Kling said in the press release. "We have appreciated his years of service to our community and wish him well.”

    The mayor says she will recommend Deputy Chief of Operations Kirk Carpenter to be the new chief at the next city council meeting on March 18.

    Deputy Chief Kirk Carpenter. Photo courtesy City of Nampa.

    Carpenter has been with the Nampa Fire Department for almost 21 years, according to the mayor's office.

    "I am humbled and honored at the recommendation to be the next servant leader of the amazing men and women in the Nampa Fire Department and appreciate the council’s consideration of the Mayor’s recommendation,” Deputy Chief Carpenter said in the press release.

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