Members of Norfolk County Council'sÂ Communities CommitteeÂ will next week (Wednesday 13 May) decide whether to accept Norfolk Chief Fire Officer, Nigel Williamsâ€™ request to retire in the autumn of this year.Â
Norfolk County Council, as the Fire and Rescue Authority, must consent to Mr Williams' request for retirement.
Mr Williams will have worked 30 yearsÂ in the Fire and Rescue ServiceÂ by 29 September 2015. At that time he will be eligible for retirement.Â There are no costs to the County Council associated withÂ Mr WilliamsÂ taking his retirement benefits at that time.
Mr Williams joined the Fire and Rescue Service on 30 September 1985 and has worked in every role and rank throughout his 30 year career, serving within West Yorkshire, Suffolk, the Fire Service College, and Dorset before moving to Norfolk as the Chief Fire Officer in 2010.
He has achieved much in his career and has underpinned his considerable operational experience with a Master of Science degree, with Merit, in Command and Leadership. This mix of operational expertise and academic rigour has been evident throughout the five year period Mr Williams has served in Norfolk and has resulted in a high performing Fire and Rescue Service with the widest range of operational capability in the UK.
He has served Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the people of the county for nearly five years with great distinction.
Whilst Mr Williams is required to give three monthsâ€™ notice of his intention to leave Norfolk County Council employment, he has offered his resignation with sufficient time to recruit his successor and in order to assure continuity and stability for the Service.
Also at next weekâ€™s meeting, members of the Communities Committee will discuss an interim report looking at the progress being made on the Memberâ€™s review of the Norfolk Library and Information Service; hear an update regarding the work of the Steering Group for Norfolk Adult Education Service; and hear an initial report from the member task and finish group undertaking a strategic review of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.
The meeting of the Communities Committee will take place at 10am on Wednesday 13 May in the Edwards Room at County Hall, Norwich.Â Members of the public are welcome to attend.