Fire chief to retire at month’s end

Monitor staff
Monday, April 18, 2016

Hopkinton Fire Chief Doug Mumford will retire from the department at the end of the month to pursue opportunities outside the fire service.

Mumford said Monday that he will be going to South Carolina after his retirement goes into effect at the end of April. 

“Just going to try something different,” he said.

Mumford first served on the Hopkinton Fire Department as a call member from 1996 to 2001. After spending some time with the Concord Fire Department, he returned to Hopkinton full-time in 2008. He was appointed fire chief in January 2013, a few months after the previous chief, Richard Schaefer, died suddenly of a heart attack. 

“Throughout his years of service, Doug has consistently shown a deep and unwavering commitment to his colleagues and to the citizens of Hopkinton,” select board Chairman Jim O’Brien said in a statement.

The select board is developing a leadership transition plan and will bring on an interim manager to help carry it out.