LAKE PLACID - The village of Lake Placid will need to fill a key position next year due to the upcoming departure of head Fire Driver Brad Jaques.
Jaques will move to Florida in the spring. At Monday's village Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Craig Randall said he and Trustee Zay Curtis met with Jaques recently to develop a schedule for his remaining months on the job.
"His last working day would be April 12th, 2013," Randall said.
"I've enjoyed working here," Jaques told the Enterprise this morning.
Jaques noted that he's not retiring, just stepping down from his position as he prepares to relocate. He's worked for the fire department for nine years. Prior to that, he served as a volunteer firefighter and worked with the village police department for seven years.
Before he worked for the village, Jaques was a deputy with the Essex County Sheriff's Department.
In the months ahead, Randall said the board will need to select a replacement for Jaques. The mayor said he wants to make the decision with enough time left over for the new head fire driver to work with Jaques on a "smooth transition."
Curtis, one of the village's fire commissioners, told the Enterprise that Jaques has done a tremendous job.
"We're going to miss him," Curtis said. "He's an expert when it comes to sticking to his budget. He's a solid department head."
Randall said Jaques has also been a strong leader in the community.
"It's big shoes to fill," he said. "He's got many talents."
Randall stressed that although the final decision on hiring a replacement for Jaques rests with the village board, several groups will be involved in the process, including the North Elba town board and the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department.
"Finding someone who can fill the responsible role that Brad fills as a department head for that area is what we're working on right now," Randall said.
The village has six fire drivers. Randall said that number has worked well for the community.