Bellingham interim fire chief plans to stay at post

Bellingham Interim Fire Chief Roger Christensen will remain in his position for up to another year, rather than retire in June as he had planned.

The fire chief told his staff on Friday, May 10, that he will stay at the department after coming to an agreement with Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville that due to a range of pressing public safety issues, it will be best for him to remain as interim chief for at least another year.

Christensen was appointed last fall to replace the city’s former fire chief, Bill Boyd, who retired in October.

Local issues Christensen is involved with right now include ongoing Whatcom Medic One negotiations with Whatcom County and fire area districts, City Council deliberations about personal-use fireworks, consolidation of fire and EMS-related services with neighboring departments and discussions with the Whatcom County Sheriff and Port of Bellingham about collaborating on emergency management services, according to a press release from the city.

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