The Leitchfield City Council officially appointed Tim Duvall to the position of Leitchfield Fire Chief on Monday, July 20.
Retiring Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser presented Duvall as the Leitchfield Fire Department’s (LFD) choice for its next Fire Chief to the City Council during a special-called meeting at Leitchfield Fire Station 1 on Monday evening.
Following Schlosser’s recommendation, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint Duvall to be the next Leitchfield Fire Chief after Schlosser’s retirement goes into effect on Wednesday, July 22 at noon.
Duvall said he thanks the City Council, the LFD members, and, especially, the citizens of Leitchfield and Grayson County for placing their trust in him to shoulder this big responsibility.
“I appreciate all of them for what they’ve done,” said Duvall.
Duvall, who will likely be sworn in as Fire Chief on Friday, July 24, said he believes he will be able to help bring about positive changes to the LFD.
“We’re going to get back to where we need to be,” he said.
Additionally, Duvall wished to assure the citizens of Leitchfield and Grayson County whom he serves that “I’ll be there for them whenever they need me, day or night.”
Following Duvall’s appointment, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason presented Schlosser, whom has served on the LFD for nearly 43 years, with a Key to the City of Leitchfield and a plaque from the LFD members commemorating his two years of service as Leitchfield Fire Chief.
“To put it simply, I wouldn’t take anything for the experiences I’ve had on the fire department,” said Schlosser, who regaled those in attendance at Monday’s meeting with stories of his many years on the LFD.
Of his comrades on the fire department, Schlosser said that, if his house or one of his loved one’s houses were on fire, or if he or a loved one were in a car wreck, “these would be the guys and ladies I’d want to show up.”
“That’s what a fire department is: the people,” he said.
Schlosser also wished to express thanks to the City Council and Thomason for their increased financial support over the years. The LFD’s current annual budget is $660, 000, a significant increase from years past when the annual budget was less than $10,000.
“To the Mayor and the City Council, I want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for supporting the fire department,” said Schlosser.
In other business:
*The City Council approved a bid for a new truck for Leitchfield Public Works from Dan Powers at the cost of $31,412.70.
*Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said Public Works recently received a total of $17,212.03 from the sale of surplus property.
In the past two years, Public Works has received nearly $75,000 from the sale of surplus property, according to Puckett.
*The City Council approved a $415 invoice from B & B Electronics for the purchase of five Baofeng UV-82 Portable Radios and two Baofeng UV-82 batteries for the LFD.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.