LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - Laurel Fire Chief Jimmie Bunch, the city's first black chief, will retire Nov. 13.
The Laurel Leader Call reports Bunch was appointed acting fire chief in October 2009. Then in December, Bunch was named fire chief.
Bunch's appointment came following former Fire Chief David Chance's retirement.
Bunch has worked with the Laurel Fire Department for 34 years beginning his work with the LFD in January of 1976.
In 2006, Bunch became the Battalion Chief. As battalion chief, Bunch was in charge of the Fire Department's training. He held that position until being promoted to fire chief.
Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack commended Bunch says the fire department's four battalion chiefs will handle the operations of the department until an interim chief is named.
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