Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective 5 p.m. today.
Sleik, 49, joined LAFD May 3, 2010 and was considered to be in line to take over the top spot at the department following Chief Doug Tucker’s planned retirement this summer.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Sleik said during an interview Thursday evening. “At the end of the day – it comes down to fit. Being from the Midwest I move at a much faster pace and I felt I was putting undue pressure on folks here.”
Tucker is prepared to postpone his retirement as long as necessary to ensure he has a strong leader at the helm before stepping down.