Fire Commissioner Tyrrell resigns from Bainbridge department

Bainbridge Island Fire Commissioner Glen Tyrrell has announced that he will resign from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department's board of commissioners.

His resignation will be effective May 1.

“Both the fire department and the community are losing a tireless advocate,” said Fire Chief Hank Teran.

“The board could always count on Tyrrell for thoughtful and reasoned opinions,” added Board Chairman Dan Morrow.

Tyrrell joined the board in January 2000 and served as the interim fire chief from 2006 to 2007. He then served as a special service volunteer with the department until he was re-elected to Position 5 on the board of commissioners in 2009.

Tyrrell has not yet submitted a resignation letter. That's expected to come Monday.

Susan Cohen, business administrator for the fire department, said Tyrrell was stepping down because his wife has received a job offer in Portland, Ore. and the family will be moving there.

Officials with the fire department plan to honor Tyrrell at the May 1 commissioners' meeting.

In addition to his role with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Tyrrell worked for the Bainbridge Island School District as a resource conservation specialist.

With Tyrrell’s resignation, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department will have four board of commissioner positions open on the November ballot.

Island citizens interested in running must file with the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office between May 13 and May 17.

Positions 2 and 5 are six-year terms; Position 3 is a four-year term, and Position 5 is a two-year term.

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