After two years as chief and 30 more with the University City Fire Department, Don Miner is retiring at the end of 2012.
Miner's retirement was announced Tuesday at the city council meeting. He was named chief in December 2010 after spending three months as interim chief.
City Manager Lehman Walker told Patch that the city will begin to search for a new chief immediately. He said the city would look both at internal and external candidates.
"We're looking for the best person for the job," Walker said.
Both Walker and Mayor Shelley Welsch commended Miner for his years of service to the department.
Miner told Patch when he was named chief that he wanted to upgrade medical capabilities and training. University City was one of the first departments to require firefighters to also be paramedics.
Under his watch, the fire department broke ground on its new fire house, which is expected to be operational in 2013.