Gordie Olson, Chief of Operations for South King Fire & Rescue, has accepted an offer from Thornton Colorado to be their new Fire Chief, SKF&R announced on Facebook.

Gordie will be leaving the department on April 30, and joining his new department the following day.

“Chief Olson is a highly respected member of SKFR and we wish him and his wife Kathi all the best,” reads the announcement. “He has served our department in many roles from Firefighter to Chief, his innovative ideas, mentoring skills and level headed approach to problem solving will be greatly missed and certainly appreciated in his new role in Colorado. Thank you Gordie for all you have given us at South King Fire and Rescue.”