Longtime Truckee chief announces retirement
Come May 1 the Truckee Fire Protection District will have a new fire chief.
It was announced at Tuesday night’s board meeting that Jimmy Osburn will retire in May and Deputy Chief Mike Terwilliger will be promoted to the chief’s position.
The board voted unanimously to accept Osburn’s recommendation of Terwilliger as the new chief, and agreed finding a new deputy chief would not be a problem.
Osburn said he is retiring because “it’s that time.”
“I’ve spent many great years with the department and I felt it was time to move on.”
Osburn has been with the district for more than 28 years. He began as a volunteer and spent the last eight years as chief.
“This is a super crew and I wanted to make sure the transition was as seamless as possible,” he said. “That is why I recommended Mike’s promotion. He knows the district and the department better than anyone I know.”
Terwilliger, who has been with the district for two years as deputy chief, said the chief’s retirement is bittersweet.
“Although I’m sharing the chief’s excitement about retirement, I really don’t want to see him go,” he said. “I wish he would stay.”
Before joining the district, Terwilliger was a battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and was fire chief for the Donner Summit Fire Department his last five years with CDF.
“I look forward to working with the district and the town,” Terwilliger said. “Jimmy will definitely be missed.”
Terwilliger said about six members of the department came to the meeting to give support to the chief.
“It was nice to see them there,” Osburn said.
Other topics discussed were:
— the yearly capital facilities and mitigation fee expenditure plans,
— the board’s approval of the lease with the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District for lands which are slated for the new interagency fire station with TFPD and CDF, and
— ongoing redevelopment discussion.
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