OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - The city of Opelika has named a new fire chief after the previous chief retired at the end of January.
Shane Boyd will take over as the new Fire Chief effective April 1. He will take over for Chief Byron Prather who retired on January 31.
Boyd was the Deputy Fire Chief in Bessemer, Ala. for three years.
“Shane Boyd was our choice because of his experience and proven track record of leadership. The Opelika Fire Department has a long and proud history in our community. I believe Shane will take us to a higher level of service for our citizens and community,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
“I want to say how humbled I am to be afforded the opportunity to join the City of Opelika and the Opelika Fire Department family. I was not looking for a job, but when this position opened, it was too good to ignore it...It’s difficult to leave, but they are in great hands. I can’t wait to get to work with Opelika Fire,” said Boyd.
Boyd says he plans to begin establishing relationships within the department and community right away.