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Former Iowa State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds has resigned from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol confirmed Reynolds submitted his resignation Sunday night and it will become effective February 21st. Reynolds is essentially done with his duties though because he is on vacation until the 21st.

Reynolds told Channel 13 he was leaving to pursue other opportunities.

“Being on top in an organization takes a tremendous toil on family and friendships. I have enjoyed serving my country and helping Iowans prevent home fires.  It’s time to find life’s next adventure that makes my family and I happy.”

In September of 2013 Reynolds asked for a transfer within the DPS after he stepped down as the State Fire Marshal. He had faced criticism over comments he made about full-time firefighters not volunteering in a program that installed smoke detectors in homes.

He was reassigned as a special agent in charge of the State Building Code and Inspection Unit.