state fire marshal newser 5-4-10 016

Ray Reynolds (file photo)

Iowa’s top fire investigator has resigned. State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds is being reassigned and he’ll become the new head of the state’s building code and inspection unit.

Reynolds has been Iowa’ fire marshal since April of 2010. His resignation comes after he wrote a column in the July issue of a publication from the Iowa Firefighters Association. In the column, Reynolds vented about not being able to find enough volunteers to install smoke detectors in homes in Des Moines as part of a statewide effort.

After some complaints about the column, state Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble reportedly apologized to the head of a Des Moines firefighters union.