Burlington Christmas parade

Town of Burlington Fire Chief Ed Umnus waves to parade-goers on Dec. 1 during Burlington’s annual Holiday Parade as he and the his department of firefighters walk down Pine Street in downtown Burlington. 

JAKE HILL, For The Journal Times

TOWN OF BURLINGTON — Town Fire Chief Ed Umnus has removed his name from the ballot for the fire chief position for 2018, he said in a Facebook post and the town administrator verified. 

Assistant Chief Bill Vrchota will step into the chief's role on Jan. 1.

Umnus has served with the Town of Burlington Fire Department for almost 28 years and has served as fire chief for six, according to a Facebook post by Umnus announcing he was stepping down.

"I have not made a decision on what my future will be with the TOBFD," he wrote. "That decision will be made before the end of the year."

Town Administrator Diane Baumeister said every other year the department holds an internal election to decide who will serve as chief.

Umnus is also a volunteer driver with Burlington Rescue Squad. And he is an instructor at Gateway Technical College, where he teaches in the state Firefighter I certification course.

He  works full time at Grunau Company, a mechanical engineering systems contractor, fire protection company, and metals contractor which has an area office in Oak Creek.

Umnus did not elaborate on his reasons for his decision.

Pete Wicklund contributed to this report



Christina Lieffring covers the Burlington area and the Village of Caledonia. Before moving to Racine, she lived in Nebraska, Beijing, Chicago and grew up in Kansas City.

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