Panama City Fire Chief Resigning

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PANAMA CITY - Panama City Fire Chief Wayne Watts is resigning.

In a letter to City Manager Kenneth Hammons, Watts says he's stepping down so he and his wife can be closer to their parents who require more help as they get older.

"The reasons for my decisions are of a personal nature and reflect no conflict with you or City Administration," says Watts.

Watts joined the department as Assistant Chief in June 2010 and was promoted to Chief in April 2012.

"I want to thank you for the opportunity and privilege of serving the City and citizens of Panama City."

Watts' resignation is effective November 11th.

Hammons was unavailable for comment. So we don't know yet whether they will promote someone within the department or conduct an outside search.

Watts received his A.S. Degree in Fire Science from Florida State College at Jacksonville. He began his career in 1980 with the Alabaster Fire Department in Alabaster, Alabama. Before coming to Panama City, Watts was Division Chief of Training for the South Walton Fire District.