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Killington fire chief resigns

Killington leaders ‘sad’ to see him go

By Polly Mikula

Paul Ginther has resigned after just eight months as Killington’s fire chief. His departure follows other short tenures in the department; but this time circumstances differed greatly. Town leaders were unanimous in their praise of his performance and sorrow at his departure.

Ginther’s resignation was “personal” in nature, Town Manager Michael Ramsey said, adding, “During the Fire Chief’s time in Killington, he proved himself as an experienced firefighter who led the department from the front with professionalism and a passion for helping others.”

“It really seems like Paul was here longer than he was,” said Selectman Jim Haff.

Ginther began his tenure as chief on July 10, 2023.

“It’s really unfortunate to see him go,” Haff added. “The department ran really smoothly under his leadership; he really fit right in; like he was born to be here. I’m sad to see him go, but understand his reason to take care of himself and step back from responsibilities.”

“I was very impressed with Chief’s Ginther’s ability to bring the entire department together,” said Selectman Chris Karr.  “Walking in as he did, under short notice.  He quickly brought the group together.  They are going to be tough boots to fill.  Wishing him all the best in his full retirement”

“The town received Paul Ginther’s official resignation on March 24, 2024,” Ramsey explained. “Paul is planning to move back to Florida with his family for personal reasons, but in the meantime, he will help the department through the leadership transition. Craig Bowman will fill in as interim fire chief while the town considers different options for hiring.”

“Personally, it was an honor to serve with Paul, and I wish for my fellow Navy veteran fair winds and following seas,” he added.

Courtesy Killingtontown

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