Leander Fire Chief Bill Gardner to retire in February

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Fire Chief Bill Gardner will retire from the Leander Fire Department in February.

Gardner said his last day will be Feb. 15.

“It’s been a great adventure,” Gardner said. “From showing up here in the early 2000s… [when]the fire department was struggling to exist, to [be]where we are today as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. with highly sought-after positions at our organization and with a recognized department that supports a diverse community has been a great adventure.”

Gardner said he has worked for the Leander Fire Department since 2002, when he started as a volunteer. In 2005, he was hired as deputy chief, and in 2010 he was promoted to fire chief. He has worked in public safety for 34 years.

“I will always cherish this time that I’ve spent here,” Gardner said. “I truly hope that as this comes to an end that I get the opportunity to visit with as many of the citizens as possible because they have made this just a great position to be in.”

Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu said the city will begin the process of finding a new fire chief later in January.

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