LIMA — Lima Fire Chief Bruce Black served his last shift as the City of Lima’s top fire official this past Friday, Jan. 24, moving on to take a private position after 30 years with the department.
Deputy Chief Brian Berheide will act as fire chief until the City can officially name a replacement. Lima Human Resources Director Kari Keener said the city is currently working on the civil service process timeline to figure out how the department wishes to proceed.
Keener said both fire deputy chiefs — Andy Heffner and Berheide — will have the option to take the fire chief position’s civil service test, and depending on their decisions, battalion chiefs may also be able to opt in if there’s a lack of competition.
Black began working as a firefighter at the Lima Fire Department in April of 1989, and he took up the chief’s position upon the retirement of long-time Chief Mark Heffner in 2016.
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