Web posted Tuesday, December 10, 2002
4:19 a.m. CT

County hires new fire chief
Potter County commissioners on Monday picked Amarillo Police Cpl. Richard Lake as the county's new fire chief after meeting in executive session for about 45 minutes.Commissioner Joe Kirkwood said commissioners reviewed seven candidates before picking Lake. Kirkwood said Lake, 36, is highly qualified to run the department and is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.Lake also holds numerous certificates, including emergency medical technician, incident command and has been an instructor in terrorism response and weapons of mass destruction incidents.Lake has worked for the city of Amarillo Police Department since May 1998.