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Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan. (Source: City of Phoenix) Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan. (Source: City of Phoenix)
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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan is retiring, department officials said Wednesday.

His last day as chief will be Feb. 28.

In a memo to his department, he said he wants to spend time with his 82-year-old dad who has Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

[Read the entire memo (PDF)] 

He said Executive Assistant Chief Kara Kalkbrenner will be named as acting fire chief.

A Phoenix native, Khan, joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1982, after graduating from Arizona State University, according to the City of Phoenix website.

He spent 14 years on a fire truck before beginning climbing through the ranks, and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2001.

He has been fire chief since Aug. 1, 2006.

During his tenure, he was able to reduce drowning fatalities to a two-decade low.

Khan oversees a department of more than 2,000 members and a $300 million budget.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report

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