Goodworth announces retirement from fire service

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth
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Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue Fire Chief and Public Safety Bureau Chief Jim Goodworth on Wednesday announced his intent to retire, effective Aug. 4, 2017.
 
Goodworth has been in the public safety arena for more than 34 years.
 
"It is with much consideration and a heavy heart that I am submitting my intent to retire," Goodworth's resignation letter said. "I love my job and I love the family I work with. That family was extended on Oct. 1, 2011, as Fire Rescue joined the Citrus County Sheriff's office. In the past five years, we have made more progress than I would have ever thought possible.
 
"The Sheriff's Office has provided the tools, training and support for us to keep our residents - and our firefighters - even safer. I felt it important to leave you with these words of gratitude before my departure from this agency. I have served with pride, and I wish the agency the best of luck in the future."
 
Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast accepted Goodworth's resignation with regrets, but with much gratitude for the selfless service and sacrifices Goodworth has made throughout his career. In an announcement to agency employees, Sheriff Prendergast wrote:
 
"I have accepted Jim's resignation with great reluctance, but with enormous gratitude for his 34-plus years of significant contributions to public safety in our community and to his past five years with this agency in particular. He is highly respected by his peers ,and has made a huge contribution to Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue since he became part of our team in October of 2011. Please join me in wishing him well in his future endeavors. Jim, "well done, good and faithful servant," and our eternal thanks for your steadfast dedication to serve others. You will be missed."
 
"The teamwork and synergy we are losing as a result of Fire Rescue's transition back to the county are enormous," Chief Goodworth said. "I am so proud of the great strides we have accomplished as One Team with One Mission and can only hope and pray that our men and women are taken care of under the county's oversight."
 
As a result of Goodworth's retirement, Deputy Fire Chief Craig Stevens will be named Interim Fire Chief on August 5 until Fire Rescue transitions to the county on Oct. 1.
 
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