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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/22/2010

In mass e-mail, D.C. Fire Chief Rubin announces he'll leave when Gray takes office

Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin announced his resignation this week via e-mail, saying that he will be working as consultant and will leave his post effective Jan. 2, 2011, when the "new Administration takes over."

Rubin is the second high-profile cabinet member to definitively declare that he is leaving following the defeat of Mayor Adrian Fenty in last month's Democratic primary. The first was schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will hand over the reins of the school system to deputy chancellor Kaya Henderson next week.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor expected to win next month's general election, will likely announce a transition team and national searches for other cabinet members next Wednesday.

"What a great opportunity that Mayor Fenty has provided and I will leave this great City without regret," Rubin wrote.

He attached an electronic business card that listed his job as: "Instructor."

"D.C. has lost one of its most outstanding public servants," Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said Friday. "I'm very sorry to see him go."

See the full email below:

From: Rubin, Dennis (FEMS) [mailto:Dennis.Rubin@dc.gov]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 2:37 PM
To:
Subject: Contact Information For Dennis Rubin

Hello Everyone:

Attached is my new contact information. Please start using this information immediately. I will be leaving the District of Columbia Fire Department effective January 2, 2011 as the new Administration takes over. My current plan is to provide consultant services until I find a full time position that is a good fit for me. I wanted everyone to know how to maintain contact with me and thank everyone for their support during the last four years. What a great opportunity that Mayor Fenty has provided and I will leave this great City without regret.

Sincerely,

Dennis Rubin

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