DeKalb County Fire Chief Edward O’Brien

DeKalb County Fire Chief Edward O’Brien is retiring after 28 years with the department.

O’Brien said he gave the county notice of his planned retirement six months ago. His last day with the fire department will be Oct. 9.

“It’s the best decision for my family and myself,” O’Brien said. “The county has been real good to us. But my number’s up and it’s time to go.”

O’Brien said DeKalb officials have already begun a national search for his replacement. The goal is to have a new fire chief in place before he retires, O’Brien said.

“I’m excited knowing I won’t have to come back to work, but I’m going to miss the cause and the men and women of the department,” O’Brien said.