Turlock bid its Fire Chief farewell as Friday was Tim Lohman’s last day with the City of Turlock.
City Officials, family, friends, and members of the community gathered at Turlock’s Fire Station 1 on Friday to celebrate Lohman’s retirement and acknowledge his many years of service as a firefighter.
“I want to thank the citizens of Turlock for their support for the Turlock Fire Department. Today is my last day working for the City of Turlock, and it has been a privilege serving my hometown for the past 35 years,” Lohman stated on the City of Turlock Fire Department page. “Stay safe, and keep our firefighters in your thoughts as they continue to serve this community."
Lohman announced in May that he would be leaving the Turlock Fire Department effective Aug. 15 to take over as the chief executive officer of the Northern Merced Hulling Association (NMHA).
“I have been very fortunate to achieve all of my career aspirations in the fire service, and after 35 years of working for the Fire Department, I felt it was time to move on and try something else,” Lohman told TurlockCityNews.com back in May.
Chief Lohman started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Turlock on July 1, 1980. He was hired as a full-time firefighter on Dec. 1, 1983. During his career, he has served as Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief of Training, Division Chief of Operations, and for the last 4 ½ years as Fire Chief.
Lohman took over as interim Fire Chief on July 1, 2010 when Chief Mark Langley retired. He was then appointed Fire Chief on March 1, 2011, by City Manager Roy Wasden.
“In addition to firefighting I have also been farming almonds since 1989, and I wanted to try a second career in agriculture,” said Lohman.
On Aug. 17, he will be taking over as the CEO of the Northern Merced Hulling Association (NMHA) for Don Harcksen, who plans to retire in April 2016, according to Lohman.
“I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some great people during my time with Turlock, and I will take those lessons with me as I start a new job,” said Lohman.
The City of Turlock is currently searching for Lohman’s replacement and had published a job posting stating the expected pay to be $10,026 to $12,187 monthly, with excellent benefits.
On Aug. 11, the Turlock City Council approved budgeting $25,000 for the retention of a recruitment firm to conduct an executive recruitment for the position of Fire Chief.