Release date: 31 March 2017
Sean Ruth will be retiring from his Chief Fire Officer role for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on June 12.
Although he will be leaving WSFRS he will remain as West Sussex County Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Communities and Public Protection, subject to a final approval by Members.
A process to appoint a new permanent Chief Fire Officer is due to commence in the coming weeks.
Sean joined West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service more than seven years ago. After a year out of uniform, carrying out wider WSCC responsibilities, he returned to his substantive position in February when Lee Neale retired.
West Sussex County Council Chief Executive Nathan Elvery said: “Sean has played a key role within the county council’s leadership team and I’m delighted he has agreed to continue to work with us as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Communities and Public Protection. This role has increased responsibilities and will be key to delivering Members' ambitions for supporting our communities.
“The permanent appointment of a new Chief Fire Officer clearly demonstrates a service under new leadership.”
Sean said: “It may be time to hang up my fire boots but I am very pleased to have the opportunity to carry on leading the work of the wider Executive Directorate at the heart of West Sussex County Council.
“In the years ahead, I hope the role of the fire and rescue service continues to broaden and people recognise the important part the Service has to play in keeping our residents safe.
“It has been my privilege to serve as the Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and I want to thank everyone within the Service for their hard work and commitment, which I know will continue under their new Chief.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.