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HUNTINGTON — Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader is stepping away from the fire department, but she is not stepping away from public service.

Rader, 56, will retire as chief effective Feb. 11, Mayor Steve Williams announced Friday. She will transition into a new position — director of the Mayor’s Council on Public Health and Drug Control Policy.

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Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader looks on as firefighters respond to a structure fire in the 1200 block of 9th Avenue on Feb. 5, 2019, in Huntington.

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Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader waves as city emergency personnel parade past St. Mary’s Medical Center as a salute to health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 30, 2020, in Huntington.

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Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader, center, high-fives Meadows Elementary Student Kaili Anderson, 11, as she tours the school with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, right, and Congresswomen Carol Miller, left, before a West Virginia Girls Rise Up event on Feb. 19, 2020, in Huntington.

McKenna Horsley is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, covering local government in Huntington and Cabell County. Follow her @Mckennahorsley on Twitter.

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