Astoria Fire Chief Ted Ames has announced his retirement.
Ames, who served as fire chief for the past five years, will retire at the end of November but will serve the fire department in an interim role through March.
Though Ames’ announcement was not a surprise to city leaders, it does come at a time when Astoria is short a number of department heads. In addition to replacing Ames, City Manager Brett Estes must find a new police chief, a new public works director and a new community development director.
Ames, well aware of the city’s situation, offered stay on as interim fire chief after retiring.
“He wanted to be able to help bridge the gap,” Estes said.
Ames served as Warrenton fire chief for 16 years before taking the helm in Astoria in 2013.
“The past five years with the city of Astoria have been the most challenging, yet rewarding years I’ve spent working as Fire Chief,” Ames said in a statement. “I leave with the incredible satisfaction of knowing our work at the fire department has made a positive and at times dramatic impact on the lives of the people being served.”
“We are grateful to Ted for his service and leadership in the Astoria Fire Department,” Estes said in a statement. “He has done a great job leading the Department and has been a tremendous asset to the city. The city of Astoria wishes him the best in his retirement.”
Ames said he isn’t sure yet what he will do after his time with the fire department ends. He said he’s had two occupations his entire adult life: commercial fishing and “playing fire chief.”
“How about something where I’m not in charge?” he joked.