Reception to honor Kier as he leaves Port Ludlow fire department

PORT LUDLOW — After eight years, Port Ludlow Fire Chief Wayne Kier officially leaves the department Oct. 31 for an assistant fire chief position with North Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

A thank-you reception is scheduled in Kier’s honor at 3 p.m. today at the Fire Station No. 31, 7650 Oak Bay Road.

His official last day is Oct. 31, but he plans to start his vacation in early October. He has enough vacation time to take the entire month off.

Kier, 56, and his wife, Jackie, will remain in Port Ludlow.

The Kiers have raised two daughters and two sons. They also have five grandchildren.

Starting in November, Kier will begin a commute to Poulsbo, where he will train Kitsap County firefighters.

“I look forward to redefining myself in this new role,” Kier said.

“I had a desire to work on training officer development for years. They offered a position, I accepted it.”

As an assistant chief in Kitsap County, Kier will make $97,000 a year. During the last year as Port Ludlow’s chief, Kier’s annual salary was $78,000.

“I think the challenges there will be the same as always — keep the operations moving forward,” he said.

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