Former Mt. Juliet fire chief Erron Kinney signed a five-year contract and was appointed fire chief in January to take the helm of the fire department in Sherborn, Mass.
Current Fire Department of Mt. Juliet Chief Jamie Luffman confirmed The Boston Globe's report on the hire of Kinney, who has more than two decades of experience in fire service. He also played seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans as a tight end from 2000-2006 and before his 2013 hire as FDMJ chief, he worked for the Williamson County Office of Public Safety as a fire and rescue coordinator and at the Brentwood Fire Department.
The Boston Globe reports Kinney was appointed Sherborn fire chief in January and took over July 1 after several visits there to scope out residency.
Luffman, who still talks to Kinney frequently, said Kinney was not "actively pursuing" a chief's job, but Sherborn officials reached out "with a wonderful opportunity."
Sherborn is a small semi-rural community located about 18 miles southwest of Boston.
"It an impressive deal," said Luffman of Kinney's five-year contract in Sherborn. "It is a wonderful opportunity and I'm proud for him. We became quite close."
Kinney worked for the FDMJ for a year and a half and resigned April of 2015. At that time in an interview with The Wilson Post, 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."
"I have got some personal and significant demands on my time," he said then. "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."
Luffman said after his resignation, Kinney signed on as a firefighter at the Brentwood Fire Department.
"He went back to his roots," said Luffman.
At the time of Kinney's resignation, Luffman was assistant chief at FDMJ that will turn 4 years old on Sept. 30. Luffman was named interim chief in Mt. Juliet when Kinney resigned and was hired full time chief April 2015.
The Boston Globe reports Kinney's wife Julie is from Arlington, Mass. They have four kids of various ages, and Kinney told The Boston Globe their house hunting in Sherborn revolves around finding an excellent basketball program for their daughter who is a high school freshman and a promising player. The paper reported Kinney was one of 30 candidates for the Sherborn fire chief position. He was a finalist for the Framingham fire chief position last year, according to The Boston Globe. He told The Boston Globe he became fascinated with firefighting early in life.