Gary W. Ballard, 60, retires as Lakeland’s fire chief Dec. 15 after starting with @LakelandFD 40 years ago as a firefighter. He became fire chief in 2010. His successor, to be announced in early December, will be one of two assistant chiefs: Rick Hartzog or Doug Riley. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) November 21, 2017

Chief Ballard’s biography on the city website.

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