JACKSON, Miss. — The head of Jackson’s Fire Department is resigning to move to California “for a better opportunity.”

Chief R.D. Simpson says he’s accepted a position as fire chief in the southern California town of Cerritos.

Simpson did not give a specific reason for leaving Jackson, besides saying “it’s a better opportunity for me and my family.”

The Clarion-Ledger reports Simpson’s last day is Friday. He had held the post for 3½ years.

A native of Jackson, Simpson has served close to 25 years in the department. He began his career there in 1993.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the city will look to replace Simpson, probably with an interim chief. Simpson has recommended the City Council consider Jackson Assistant Fire Chief Robert Ricks for the job.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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