After more than 36 years with the Chino Valley Fire District, the past six in the chief's chair, John Ginn announced on Thursday that he is retiring on Jan. 4.
"I just thought it was time," said Ginn following the Nov. 29 CVFD board meeting, where he submitted his resignation. "I was planning on this for a while, and while I was out recently with a surgery, I really got a chance to think about it. For my own peace of mind, my own health, I think this is the best decision."
Ginn, who was born and raised in Chino Valley, says he still likes living in the community and he has no plans to relocate when he retires.
"Chino is a great town with great people," said Ginn. "I remember when the highway was just two lanes, and you could go out into the country side and do some shooting or driving along the dirt roads. I'm not planning on going anywhere."
Ginn said that while the town has grown considerably since he was a boy, the small town atmosphere is still alive and well.
"The service organizations and the churches really help keep that sense of community, and even with the growth we've seen, we still have that feel."
Of his accomplishments, both personal and professional, Ginn says he is most proud of his family, which includes his wife of 35 years, Karen, a teacher at Heritage Middle School, and their five children who all still live in Chino Valley.
Ginn said his dedication to the community has served as a guide during his term as chief, but it also has caused a little friction within the ranks at times.
"My philosophy has been that my first priority is the community, my second priority is a healthy organization, and the third priority was to take care of our guys. That sometimes didn't always sit well with the guys. Sometimes they thought they were in last place, but I always thought that if the community didn't support us and if the organization wasn't strong, then we couldn't provide a good work place for our guys."
The CVFD board recently filled three open seats, with incumbent Dave McConnell and new members Gary Warren and Charles Dougan being sworn in at the Nov. 29 board meeting. The trio is not permitted to vote until Dec. 1, so the board has scheduled a special meeting on Dec. 6 to decide on an interim chief.
The meeting will be at CVFD Station 61, 1133 W. Road 3 North at 7 p.m.
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
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I can tell you from my house that we do support the guys but it is simply because of the level of service we have received from these wonderful guys in the big red truck... It seems like Ginn doesn't know his guys very well! Correction, their not his guys anymore!