Charles Parent, who has been on medical leave, will serve until a replacement is hired this summer
New Orleans Fire Chief Charles Parent is retiring this summer after 10 years in the position.
Parent, who has been on medical leave, will serve until a replacement is hired.
Parent was appointed as the tenth NOFD superintendent in 2003. He joined the NOFD in 1982, and advanced through the ranks of the department. He became a Fire Captain in 1990, District Chief in 1995 and acting Deputy Chief in 2002.
"The opportunity to continue the progressive legacy of my predecessors, Chiefs McDaniels and McCrossen is an honor I could not have imagined when I began my career thirty years ago," Parent said.
"The citizens of New Orleans can rest assured that I am leaving the New Orleans Fire Department with the best prepared, best educated and best trained fire service professionals in the country."
Noting that the chief led the department through "some tough times following Hurricane Katrina," Mayor Mitch Landrieu commended him on his "extraordinary service."
The city has posted the opening on the International Association of Fire Chiefs' website, with a May 24 application deadline.