Chautauqua County Director of Emergency Services Julius Leone Jr. will retire in October.
Leone has responded to floods in 2009, 2013 and 2015 throughout the county in the course of his 15-year career as director, as well as fires, tornadoes and the 2016 train derailment in Ripley.
In addition to coordinating the training of 1,800 firefighters from 42 departments, Leone was responsible for the county's emergency preparation, response and recovery efforts, and has been instrumental in obtaining grants to upgrade equipment that can be shared among local and regional fire and emergency response teams, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan said in a news release. He said the county will create a bipartisan search committee to find a new director.
Leone has been a member of the Lambert Hook and Ladder Company of the Fredonia Fire Department since 1980 and serves as first vice president of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.