Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman announced his retirement to his staff, officials and district residents on Dec. 7.
“It is with mixed emotions that I write this message to inform all of you that I plan to retire on March 29, 2019," wrote the chief. “This year marks my 35th year in the fire service. It has been an incredible career highlighted by being the fire chief of ConFire for the last five and a half years. In that time, we have accomplished incredible things together, and, while I still enjoy coming to work and being a part of this organization, I think it is a good time for me to move aside and allow new talent and ideas into the organization. Over the course of my career, I have worked for fire chiefs who stayed too long, and I would prefer to end my career on a positive note rather than overstay my welcome."