Palm Harbor Fire Rescue fire Chief James Angle accepts the Citizen of the Year award in 2012 from the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
PALM HARBOR – Longtime Palm Harbor Fire Rescue fire chief James Angle has resigned to become programs director for the St. Petersburg College Fire Training Center.
His new position takes effect in November. The five-member board of commissioners of the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District will select Angle’s replacement. In the meantime, 26-year veteran Craig MacIuba will be the interim chief.
“I think it will be a good move,” said Angle. “I’ll miss everybody but I plan to stay involved in the community.”
Angle has served as an adjunct instructor at the SPC facility in the past and has co-authored two books.
“I’ve always had an interest in education and taught part time,” said Angle.
Angle received accolades via a statement on the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Facebook page.
“Chief Angle’s outstanding leadership and dedicated service will continue to influence future fighters as he embarks on a new career,” the statement said. “Although Chief Angle will be sorely missed by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and throughout the community, we congratulate and applaud him on his new endeavor and remain grateful to him for his years of distinguished service and professionalism.”
Angle has also been heavily involved in the Palm Harbor community, heading the Relay For Life event and helping with the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Christmas Parade. He has also been instrumental in Old Palm Harbor Main Street’s annual Parrot Head celebration.
Last year the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce named Angle Citizen of the Year.