Casper Fire Chief Kenneth King will retire a month earlier than expected, city manager Carter Napier said Tuesday.
King announced in October 2016 that he would retire on Jan. 2, 2018, but Napier said that date has been moved up to Dec. 1. Napier did not give a reason why King is retiring earlier than planned.
King announced his retirement last year hours after he apologized for an email asking a fire investigator to delete “bad parts” from video evidence of the Cole Creek Fire. He said that the email was a joke, but apologized for “insensitive words and lack of judgement.” King sent the email to fire inspector Devin Garvin on Oct. 14, 2015, as crews were still working to extinguish the Cole Creek Fire, which destroyed 14 homes and charred more than 10,000 acres.
King became fire chief in July 2013 and has worked in the department since 1980.
Napier said last week that 28 people had applied for the chief’s position and that there were some “good candidates.” He said the position would likely be filled on an interim capacity until a new chief is hired.