Mooresville Fire Chief Wesley Greene announced his retirement Monday afternoon during a meeting with his command staff and town officials.
Greene has been chief since 2001, and his retirement is effective July 1.
“After 36 years in the fire service, I feel it is time to change roles,” Greene said. “I have been fortunate to enjoy a career of my choosing for more than 30 years. Now it is time to pursue another dream and let my colleagues be in charge of keeping Mooresville safe.”
Greene said he will begin work in July for the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Assistant Fire Chief Curt Deaton will serve as interim fire chief until a new chief has been selected, Mooresville Town Manager Erskine Smith said. Deaton oversees the operations of Mooresville Fire & Rescue.
Greene previously served the fire departments of King, Winston-Salem and Mount Airy. As fire chief of Mooresville Fire & Rescue, he manages a staff of 87 firefighters and support professionals, four fire stations and 21 fire vehicles, and has overseen plans for more fire stations.