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Jacksonville fire chief resigns, interim leader selected

Fire chief Brent Smith has resigned from the Jacksonville Fire Department. (Source:JFD) Fire chief Brent Smith has resigned from the Jacksonville Fire Department. (Source:JFD)
JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) -

The Jacksonville Fire Department chief has resigned.

The department said Monday that Chief Brent Smith left the department to return to his old job at Bell Helicopter.

Smith was with the department for 20 years before he retired. He became chief in June 2014. Smith will be replaced by Interim Fire Chief Keith Fortner. Fortner has been with the department for 13 years.

"Chief Smith had to make a tough decision for his family and announced he will be stepping down as chief," Fortner said.

Jacksonville's first fire department was established in 1906.

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