Farewell to a ‘hugely respected’ chief officer

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THE chief officer of the county’s fire service has announced his retirement.

John Bonney is due to step down from his role at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at the end of this year after a decade in the role and 13 years with the service.

Mr Bonney said: ‘This year marks my 10th year as chief officer, and having served at the helm for a decade, I’ve decided it is now timely for me to step down from what is, by any measure, the best job in the British fire service.

‘I am proud to have led a service populated throughout by people absolutely dedicated to what we do and who, as a matter of routine, go far beyond what is asked of them.’

Mr Bonney will retire on December 31 – his successor has not yet been appointed.

Hampshire Fire Authority chairman Royston Smith said: ‘John retires from his position with our heartfelt thanks for the huge impact he has 

‘He will be greatly missed and he leaves an absolutely massive legacy as very effective and hugely respected.’