Grass Valley fire chief resigns |

Grass Valley fire chief resigns

Jim Marquis will resign as fire chief of Grass Valley July 25 and said his move will open the door to re-evaluate the future of the city’s fire protection service and management.

Marquis said Monday he will take a job as a battalion chief with the Sierra Fire Protection District in Washoe County just outside of Reno. He would not give details, saying it was for “personal and professional goals.”

Meanwhile, Marquis said he and City Administrator Dan Holler have been working on a transition plan for the department’s hierarchy. The chief said his move will provide “opportunities for the fire department and fire service in western Nevada County.”

“It’s a great opportunity for him and he’ll be missed on a city-wide basis,” Holler said. “It’s a loss on our end but it gives us an opportunity to look at how we’ll provide fire services.”

A half-time person will be hired for about six months to one year to transition from Marquis to whatever the position becomes, Holler said.

An interim chief will be better able to make decisions about the possible options for running the fire department, Marquis said. He declined to say what the options are, pending their review by the City Council.

With declining revenue growth and higher expenses, the city has pared more than $1 million from its upcoming budget to balance it. Cuts have included one layoff of the city park ranger and voluntary work furloughs will be discussed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Marquis came highly recommended from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to Grass Valley in 2005.

He beat out more than 10 people for the job and served prior stints at fire departments in Incline Village and Carson City.

The outgoing chief has chosen to remain living in the Grass Valley area with his family and will commute to work. Marquis said he loves the area too much to leave it and wants to continue his work with the Nevada County Suicide Prevention Task Force, which he helped form.

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