Western Iowa fire chief retires after 19 years

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs is looking for a new fire chief for the first time in nearly two decades.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/159Uwso ) that Alan Byers is retiring after 19 years as chief and 35 years as a firefighter.

Byers says it’s time for someone else to have a chance to lead the department.

Longtime Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan praised Byers work as chief. Hanafan says Byers oversaw numerous improvements and growth in the department during his tenure.

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