D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe said Wednesday his stormy tenure is ending on his own terms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

A three-and-a-half-year tenure marked by seemingly constant strife and controversy ends like this: Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe said Wednesday he will leave his post July 2 on his own terms — without, he says, pressure from Mayor Vincent C. Gray or other administration officials. The D.C. FEMS veteran had of course felt plenty of pressure from outside the Gray administration — from a hostile firefighters union, from D.C. Council members who lost patience with the constant missteps and from a public that had lost confidence in his department due to such incidents as the botched emergency response to a dying Medric Cecil Mills Jr. In an interview with the Post’s Peter Hermann, Ellerbe painted the controversy as the blowback expected of a change agent: “If you are willing to move an agency that has been stuck in tradition for over 200 years into a new environment, and you expect to fly under the radar, you are fooling yourself.”

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