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.
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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.
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