ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - Ithaca Fire Chief Thomas Parsons has officially announced his retirement effective August 27th.

Parsons has served as Fire Chief for the past 10 years.

His service to the Ithaca Fire Department and the greater Ithaca community totals nearly 40 years. Parson says his primary focus has always been on fire prevention and public safety, and says the community is a safer place for it.

"It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve the City of Ithaca in the capacity of Fire Chief for the last 10 years", Chief Tom Parsons said in a statement today. "I have been honored since 1985 to work with dedicated, highly skilled, and motivated firefighters and officers within the Ithaca Fire Department. Working within the Fire Department has been tremendously rewarding and I would like to thank the leadership of both the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca but most importantly the community that I have served, who have supported the mission and values of the Ithaca Fire Department."

"The city would like to thank Chief Tom Parsons for his dedication to the Ithaca Fire Department and to our community. I want to express my gratitude to the Chief for his years of service" said Acting Mayor Laura Lewis.