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West Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Ken Sharp Announces Retirement

The first fire chief following the merger of Lakewood and University Place fire departments will retire March 15 after some 35 years. The department hasn't announced how it will choose a replacement.

After 35 years of service, Ken Sharp will retire from West Pierce Fire & Rescue on March 15th.

Sharp was West Pierce's first fire chief following the merger of the Lakewood Fire Department and the University Place Fire Department in 2011.

Sharp graduated from Lakes High School and began his career with the Lakewood Fire Department shortly thereafter, in September 1977. He worked his way through the ranks before being appointed fire chief in 2007. During his tenure, the merger occurred to create West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the department recently entered into a contract to provide emergency services to the Town of Steilacoom.

In addition to serving as fire chief, Sharp also serves on various regional boards, including the Combined Operations Board of South Sound 911 and the Pierce County Disability Board, both of which he chairs. 

Sharp leaves the job with no regrets.  "I've been blessed in my career to work with some of the finest people in the profession.  It's been a great ride," he said.

-West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Pat Johnson December 22, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Chief Sharp has been an outstanding Fire Chief serving the area with great distinction. West Pierce Fire has an outstanding staff and Asst. Chief Mitch Sagers would be a wonderful choice to succeed Chief Sharp.
Kent Keel December 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Congratulations Ken! Wow, has it really been 40 years since we were basketball teammates in the 9th grade?! You have been an outstanding Fire Chief. Enjoy retirement.

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