Kanger says retirement decision was recent

Posted at 9:15 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 10:58:00-05

The man who plans to retire after only a short time as the head of the fire department said the decision was made recently.

Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger held a press conference at 9:30 a.m.



Kanger notified Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert Tuesday of his intent to retire in May.  Stothert appointed him to the position in March 2014.

She says a national search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Omaha Fire Union President Steve LeClair says there are qualified internal candidates for the job.

“I think there are some incredible candidates internally. I know all of them,” he told KMTV Tuesday.

An interim chief will be appointed in the meantime.

Previous coverage on KMTV: 

OFD Chief Kanger retiring in May

Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger to retire