HUDSON: Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Varnes will take over as head of the Hudson Fire Department on May 15 when Chief Bob Carter officially retires, the city announced Wednesday.
City Manager Anthony Bales had recommended the appointment, and City Council approved the move Tuesday night.
Varnes has served as assistant chief since 2002. He joined the department in 1978.
He also was a member of Hudson EMS from 1980 through 1999 and was chief medic from 1996 through 1999. He was a fire medic with the Twinsburg Fire Department for 15 years.
Varnes, a lifelong Hudson resident, is a fifth-generation firefighter. His father, Bill, was assistant fire chief for the Hudson Fire Department for 42 years, and his great-grandfather was fire chief from 1916 to 1919 and 1928 to 1932.
“Jerry has done an outstanding job as assistant fire chief, and I am confident he will continue to lead the department as chief,” Bales said in a prepared statement.