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Holmen Fire Chief stepping down

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Holmen, WI (WXOW) -

Holmen's fire chief won't renew his contract when it expires in August according to the village president.

After two years, Paul Menches told the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board Thursday night that he's decided to leave the department as of the middle of August, Holmen Village President Nancy Proctor told WXOW.

She said they're in the very early stages of finding a replacement for Menches, who was hired in July 2016. 

The department was in the process of seeking an assistant fire chief when Menches announced his departure, according to Proctor.

Menches was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated last April. He spent two days in jail after pleading guilty to the charge. There were calls for his ouster that fall. Ultimately, he was reprimanded and remained on the job. 

He's best known for leading the department on a January 2018 apartment fire in Holmen that destroyed a 12-unit apartment building.

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