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Caroline official getting new post
Caroline Fire-EMS chief resigns.

Date published: 6/18/2011

BY PORTSIA SMITH

Caroline County Fire-EMS Chief David Layman has resigned to become the fire chief in the city of Hampton.

Layman submitted a letter of resignation to interim County Administrator Alan Partin on Wednesday. The resignation is effective July 8.

Layman was hired in August 2009 and became the first fire-EMS chief for Caroline County.

He was hired at a salary of $102,000, but all county employees making more than $40,000 took a 2 percent cut this fiscal year.

"This is a difficult loss for our organization" Partin said. "Chief Layman has skillfully guided the county's emergency services system through the critical early stages of transitioning to a fire-EMS chief model. His professionalism, leadership abilities and dedication will be sorely missed."

In a farewell letter, Layman praised career and volunteer fire and rescue staff for their support and assistance in creating a "cohesive organization." He also thanked the Board of Supervisors, the Emergency Services Commission, former County Administrator Percy Ashcraft and Partin.

"We have seen change, faced many unique challenges and experienced the pains associated with organizational growth," he wrote. "We have accepted these challenges as opportunities and prevailed."

Deputy Chief Mark Garnett will take over as acting fire-EMS chief July 9. A search for a long-term replacement will begin immediately, Partin said.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com