Fire Chief Eric Harlow set to retire next month

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow will retire at the end of June as a firefighter. Harlow has been the Chief for nearly 13 years for the City of Guthrie and 23 years total.

Harlow, who also serves as the EMS Director, notified City Manager Eddie Faulkner earlier this week and his officers Friday morning.

“This decision was not made without many hours of deep thought and personal reflection. When I accepted this position over 12 years ago, I knew that it would not be without difficult decisions and endless work,” Harlow said. “I strongly feel that the city, county and especially our department, is in much better condition that it was before my tenure.”

Harlow, a native of Stroud, Okla., said Guthrie could not have been a better place for him.

“I could not ask for a better group of employees, both at the fire department and the entire city. We have developed unmatched relationships with partner entities both within our region and the entire state. These will continue to pay dividends well into the future. I want to personally thank each employee for all they do for this great city, as well as the entire City Council and citizens of Guthrie for the support they have shown myself and our department over the years.”

Harlow has accepted a position outside of the fire service that he says, “literally, came out of nowhere when I least expected it.”

“It is an offer that I truly cannot turn down. It is one that will afford my family much more time together, Harlow said.

His final day at the fire department will be June 30.


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