Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney submits letter of intent to retire

Rumors circulated Monday night that some Biloxi City Council members were not going to reappoint Joe Boney as the Biloxi fire chief.

Tonight, Chief Boney made his final decision and put those rumors to rest.

After 37 years serving with the Biloxi Fire Department, Fire Chief Joe Boney announces his retirement from the department.

During a Biloxi City Hall meeting, Chief Boney notified the public he submitted a letter of intent to retire, this before the council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. “A lot of deliberation talking with my family and we chose this as the best course of action. I’m ready to move on.”

After days of rumors circulating that four Biloxi Council members were not going to reappoint Fire Chief Boney, he decided retiring was the best decision for him and his family. “If some of the council does not have faith in me, I don’t want to be where I don’t have that faith. I have to work on that. I have to have that.”

Boney tells News 25 he was already planning to retire within the next 12 months. “This situation tonight just prompted me to accelerate it a little bit.”

After 37 years, Boney says he is honored to serve the people of Biloxi and wishes the department nothing but success. “I hope every member of the department gets to experience everything I’ve got to experience and enjoy it with the passion that I have.”

Boney says he’s ready for the next phase of life, spending more time at the fire museum and working with disaster relief efforts along with serving as president of the Southern Association of Fire Chiefs.

He will remain fire chief for the rest of the year, preparing for a smooth transition.

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