Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Chief Luis Santiago announced his retirement Wednesday, a proclamation met with declarations of admiration from city leaders, including the head of the union that only three years ago slammed the chief with an overwhelming no-confidence vote.
Chief Santiago said he expects to remain in the position until his retirement, effective Aug. 3.
“It has been a privilege leading this great department, which is full of talented and dedicated men and women,” Chief Santiago said in a letter to department members, which was provided to The Blade. “It is and was truly an honor serving as fire chief. I wish nothing but the best for the department and the city of Toledo.”
Chief Santiago joined the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department in May, 1984. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1988, captain in 1993, battalion chief in 2000, and assistant chief in 2007.