NAMPA — Phil Roberts, Nampa's fire chief for more than two years, is resigning effective April 1.
“It is with great difficulty that I write this letter," Roberts said in his resignation letter to Mayor Debbie Kling and the city council, dated March 7. "...I believe at this time, it is best for me to be close to my family. With aging parents who need care and grandbabies that I want to hold close and love. I tender my resignation as Fire Chief of the Nampa City Fire Department.”
The city announced the resignation Thursday in a press release.
“Chief Roberts’ visionary leadership has been a tremendous asset to the City of Nampa," Kling said in the release. "We have appreciated his years of service to our community and wish him well."
Kling has recommended Deputy Chief of Operations Kirk Carpenter, who has served with the fire department for almost 21 years, to take the role as fire chief. He will assume the role at the regular city council meeting on March 18, according to the release.
“I am humbled and honored at the recommendation to be the next servant leader of the amazing men and women in the Nampa Fire Department and appreciate the council’s consideration of the Mayor’s recommendation," Carpenter stated.
Roberts began working with the city of Nampa as fire marshal in 2015 and has served as fire chief since December 2016.
"I believe we have made great advancements in our department with the replacement of our apparatus and the implementation of Squad 51," Roberts wrote in his resignation letter. "We have negotiated what I believe to be a healthy contract for our members."