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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Fire Chief Tom Shannon announced his resignation Tuesday.
Shannon says stepping down was an emotional decision for him, but he had to weigh the challenges posed by having family in Arizona and a career in Utah. He began his career in Glendale, Ariz.
Shannon has served as Salt Lake's fire chief since November 2008.
In a news release, Mayor Ralph Becker said he's sorry to see Shannon resign and noted the enthusiasm and expertise Shannon brought to the job.
The mayor is recommending deputy chief R. Kurt Cook to replace Shannon. Cook has been with the fire department for 24 years. He has served as firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief, and for the past three years as deputy chief of operations.
Chief Shannon's resignation will be effective Sept. 25.