Salem - Longtime fire Chief David Cody will retire next month.The mayor's office announced Cody's retirement Thursday morning. Cody, who has served 35 years on Salem's Fire Department, will retire March 31. He first joined the department in 1983 as a firefighter, moving through the ranks until he was promoted to chief in 2004. In that position, he also serves as the city's emergency management director. "This has been a wonderful career and I would like to thank the mayor, city councilors, and the citizens of Salem for the support they have shown over the years to both myself and the department," said Cody in a statement.
Mayor Kim Driscoll said she was sorry to lose Cody as chief, but added that his retirement was well-earned. "Thanks to his leadership at the helm of the Salem Fire Department we have been able to grow our ranks in a responsible and strategic manner, reduce response times, and tackle some significant public safety emergencies".