Fire Department of Mt. Juliet Chief Erron Kinney has officially resigned his post, effective Friday. He was hired March of 2013 to lead Mt. Juliet's first ever fire department.
In an interview with The Wilson Post Tuesday, just after his resignation was turned into Mt. Juliet City Hall, Kinney said he "poured my heart and soul" into the FDMJ position and it "breaks my heart to leave and I loved working for the citizens."
Kinney, who played seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a tight end from 2000-06, formerly worked for the Williamson County Office of Public Safety as a fire and rescue coordinator.
He has over 20 years experience in fire service.
"I have got some personal and significant demands on my time," he said. "I was immersed the past few months and it pulled me away. I have some family stuff and trying to take care of my home life."
Kinney said his position at FDMJ was his "dream job."
"I had a lot left to do," he said. "And a lot of good plans."
Kinney said he met with Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenneth Martin to tell him he was leaving.
"I told him it was a tough decision," said Kinney. "I had some personal issues and it's an indefinite time-table."
While in his letter of resignation he mentions "personal opportunities and obligations," Kinney told The Wilson Post he "has no position and isn't going anywhere, and I have some things that require my time and attention."
The city has some perimeters for the chief position residency located in Mt. Juliet. Kinney lives in Franklin, but said while he currently could not meet those residency requirements because of personal issues, "we discussed it and I was given some leeway and extensions."
He said he had set up some "temporary means" of residency.
"We talked about it, but there is no finite end to it in my personal situation," said Kinney.
He said, "I am concentrating on my babies, my family, they are the most important thing," said Kinney.
Kinney has four children of various ages.
We are truly grateful for the tremendous job Chief Kinney has done in building Mt. Juliet's first fire department," said City Manager Kenneth Martin.
"I have always appreciated his knowledge and professionalism he brought to our community, and his commitment to improving the safety of Mt. Juliet's citizens has prepared us for further achievements in the coming years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Jamie Luffman presently serves as the assistant chief and will assume the duties of interim chief upon Kinney's departure.