AUSTIN -- Lake Travis Fire Rescue fire chief, Jim Linardos, resigned Thursday to accept a position as assistant director of wildfire mitigation with Austin Fire Department, according to a press release.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to focus on wildland fire mitigation,” Linardos said Friday.
“We are saddened to see Chief Linardos leave Lake Travis Fire Rescue and are very proud of his accomplishments,” LTFR board president Barker Keith II said Friday. “We are pleased to see that he will remain within the Travis County fire community as an employee with the Austin Fire Department.”
Linardos joined the LTFR department in 2006 from North Lake Tahoe where as its fire chief, he honed his wildland firefighting tactics that served the south Lake Travis area well during the wildfires that struck Steiner Ranch on Labor Day weekend last year and threatened Belvedere subdivision in July 2011, the press release stated.
Linardos’ resignation is effective Nov. 30, and he said he will begin at AFD on Dec. 10.