TARPON SPRINGS — Sept. 6 will be fire Chief Richard Butcher's last day after seven years as chief and 39 years in the city's fire department. He formally submitted his decision to retire on July 6. On July 11, the Tarpon Springs board of commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Deputy Fire Chief Scott Young as his successor.
In 2010, former Fire Chief Stephen Moreno resigned following an investigation of whether he had arrived on the scene to a fatal fire intoxicated. Butcher, then division chief, became acting fire chief after Moreno's resignation.
At the commission meeting, commissioners commended Butcher for his service.
"You have given your life to Tarpon Springs, and I appreciate that," said vice-mayor David Banther.
The decision to choose Young was at the discretion of city manager Mark LeCouris, who asked commissioners to approve the appointment so the process of six other appointments can be completed by September. Young will be paid $103,283.