MOSS POINT, Miss. (WLOX) - Moss Point Fire Chief Tommy Posey will retire at the end of June after 37 years with the department.
Last fall, Posey’s job seemed to be on the chopping block as Mayor Mario King proposed eliminating the city’s fire chief position to save money. That move caused uproar in the department as loyal firefighters petitioned keep Posey on the job. Ultimately, King dropped the idea and had nothing but praise for Posey on Thursday.
“He has accomplished a lot in his time here. I’m proud of all that he’s done, especially the decrease in the fire rating which impacts every citizen. He started a training program and promoted from within. He’s done a lot of good work.” King said.
Posey said he set a goal of lowering the fire rating when he became chief five years ago; lower fire ratings translate into lower insurance costs for property owners. Earlier this month the city announced the fire rating dropped from level six to level five.
“We did that this year and next year we may have it down to a four,” Posey said.
Posey said he’s proud to have spent his career in Moss Point Fire Department, working his way up the ranks to become chief. As for last year’s debate about eliminating his job, Posey said that was not a factor in his decision to retire.
“It was a hard decision when you devote 37 years of your life to something. I want to go out on a high note,” Posey said.
Posey, who is 60, said he’s not finished with public service just yet.
“I’m not retiring from fire service, I’m just retiring from Moss Point right now," he said.