BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s fire chief announced his pending resignation on Thursday after less than two years on the job, according to City Manager Cathy Conlow.
Scott Lucas submitted notice that he will resign effective Dec. 3, Conlow said in a news release.
“Chief Lucas indicated that he would plan to remain as chief through the duration of his two-year contract with the city, in order to allow the city time to design and implement a successful succession plan,” the release states.
Conlow said the city would begin the process of filling the position in the “very near future.”
There would be no need to install an interim chief because Lucas would be filling out the term of his contract, Conlow added.
“While we are sorry that he is leaving, the department has a strong and rich tradition of providing residents outstanding fire and emergency medical services, which will continue in the interim,” Conlow said.
Lucas was hired in December 2012, coming off a 21-year career with the Westland Fire Department in Michigan, where he served as assistant fire chief. His salary was $81,754 at the time of his hiring.
Conlow said Lucas is not renewing his contract in order to “pursue other things,” but he declined to go into more detail.
Lucas did not immediately return messages Thursday requesting comment.
Lucas was selected for the Bangor job from an initial field of 49 candidates and was one of five finalists. He replaced former fire chief Jeff Cammack, who retired in February 2012 after 15 years in the position.
While in Michigan, starting in 2010, Lucas worked as director of athletic and community services for Dexter Community Schools. He was tasked with merging several departments, including athletics, children’s services and community education, in an attempt to cut costs. Lucas used the fire department management model to reshape the departments — establishing a chief who reports to the city, and assistant chiefs who oversee departments underneath him.
After the merger was completed, Lucas said he didn’t think he’d enjoy the day-to-day tasks of organizing team schedules and the administrative work associated with the position, so he decided to leave and eventually accepted the fire chief position in Bangor.
Lucas was active in athletics for years. He coached Division I wrestling at Eastern Michigan University for seven years as a second job. He also has coached at middle and high schools, he said.
He competed as a freestyle wrestler in the World Police and Fire Games seven times. He won six medals in five countries on three continents during the biennial games, which draw more than 10,000 police and firefighter athletes from 70 countries.
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