Kern County Fire Chief David Witt to retire this month

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Fire Department has announced that Chief David Witt will retire at the end of July.

Witt has been chief for the department since June 2019. He previously served as interim chief and deputy chief. He has a total of more than 20 years of experience at KCFD.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors announced on Tuesday that it has selected Aaron Duncan as the new fire chief to replace outgoing Chief David Witt.

“In his tenure as chief, he has accomplished great things with the support of the men and women of the Kern County Fire Department,” the department said in a social media post. “Among these accomplishments include improvements to firefighter safety, facilities, equipment, and operational organization. In the weeks ahead he will continue to work at providing for the safety of the community he served by ensuring an orderly transition takes place with the next Fire Chief.”

Chief David Witt held a press conference on Thursday to give his final statement before retirement.

Watch the press conference here:

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