JEROME, Idaho (KLIX) – The city of Jerome has appointed a new fire chief after accepting the resignation of Tom Hughes.

Jeremy Presnell has been appointed the new fire chief in Jerome. (Photo courtesy of the city of Jerome)

Hughes will leave his post after accepting a job offer in the greater Houston area.

“We thank Tom for all of his contributions to the city of Jerome,” Mayor Dave Davis said in a prepared statement. “He brought a high level of professionalism and stability to the department and we’ll miss having him in our organization.”

Hughes has been with the city since April 2013 and has served as fire chief since November of the same year.

Deputy Chief Jeremy Presnell has been chosen to replace Hughes.

“We’re thrilled to be able to promote Jeremy to the office of Fire Chief,” Davis said. “Jeremy is a Magic Valley native and has a great reputation in our community. His combination of experience and education will be a great benefit to our fire department and the citizens of Jerome.”

According to the city,

Presnell began his career with the Jerome Fire Department as a Firefighter/Engineer in 2008, was promoted to Fire Captain in 2009, and promoted again to Deputy Fire Chief in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, has multiple fire and rescue certifications, and is expected to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2018. He resides in Jerome with his wife Brandy and son Gage.