Jeff Piechura, who has been the chief of the Northwest Fire and Rescue District for 20 years, will leave at month’s end to take the top job at the fire department in Chula Vista, Calif.

“I am extremely proud of the Northwest Fire District and its employees,” Piechura said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 8. “Together, all of us have created a fire department that is bound by service to our community, with professional public servants committed to excellence in everything we do.”

Piechura joined Northwest Fire at its inception in 1984, becoming chief fours years later. During his 24 years there, the district has grown from three stations serving 35,000 residents to nine, serving 120,000 residents. Three additional Northwest stations are planned for the next five years.

In a statement announcing his resignation, Piechura said: “I have a high degree of confidence that the Northwest Fire District is in great hands, financially stable, and organizationally sound.”

His last day with Northwest Fire is Friday, Oct. 31.

The district’s governing board on Tuesday, Oct. 14, likely will name an interim chief and outline the process for finding a permanent replacement, according to officials.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the district’s training facility, 8165 N. Wade Road.

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