Cincinnati’s fire chief announces plans to retire in April

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s fire chief has notified city officials he intends to retire in April after six years of leading the fire department.

Chief Richard Braun (BRAHN) told City Manager Harry Black in a memo that he decided to retire after weighing all of the factors with his family and “much prayer.”

Black says the city will form a search committee and advertise nationally for a new chief for the Cincinnati Fire Department. Black also is encouraging internal candidates to apply.

An interim chief will be appointed following Braun’s last day on April 8.

Braun served in the Columbus Fire Division for 36 years before becoming Cincinnati’s chief in 2011.

Black say Braun’s accomplishments include working to end firehouse brownouts and instilling a culture of respect and pride with the department.