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By Al Everson
posted Nov 4, 2013 - 4:31:47pm
Deltona is putting out the "Help Wanted" sign for a fire chief.
Chief Robert Staples is leaving to become chief of the Glassy Mountain Fire Department in Landrum, S.C., in the Greenville-Spartanburg area of the Palmetto State.
"I had been looking for quite a while," Staples told The Beacon. "My wife and I thought about retiring to that area of the country. I still am able to work, and I can put in another 10 years or so."
Staples' last day as Deltona's fire chief will be Dec. 6; he will begin his new responsibilities Dec. 9.
A New Jersey native, Staples and his family moved to Ponce Inlet in 1987. He has been a Deltona resident since 1993, and has been with the Deltona Fire Department since 2003. He also worked for the now-defunct Deltona Fire District for a time during the 1990s, before the sprawling unincorporated settlement became a city.
Staples became Deltona's fire chief in 2008. Before joining the Deltona Fire Department, Staples taught emergency-medical-technician and paramedic courses at Daytona Beach Community College, now known as Daytona State College.
Asked what he will remember about his service as Deltona's fire chief, Staples said he thinks about "how the city has grown from what it was." He also said he will remember "all the good people I've known over the years."
After Staples’ departure, Deputy Chief Bob Rogers will become acting fire chief and will remain at the top of the department pending the outcome of a national search for a permanent fire chief. Acting Deltona City Manager Dave Denny will appoint the next chief.
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