Wilmington's Interim Fire Chief

WILMINGTON --  The Assistant Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department could be ready to fill the former chief's shoes, temporarily.

City Manager Sterling Cheatham has recommended Assistant Chief Frank Blackley become the interim chief until a new one is hired.

City Council still has to approve Blackley for the job. He said he's honored to be considered.

Former Fire Chief Sam Hill announced his retirement in September 2007.

His last day will be March 31, 2008.