The town of Burns got a new fire chief and maintenance director Monday night when Melvin Sullivan announced his pending retirement. New Mayor Landon Mathis recommended Nathan Stringer to be the new fire chief and Steve Greer to take over maintenance duties. Both nominations were unanimously approved by the Board of Commissioners. A member of the Burns Fire Department for 37 years, Sullivan told the commission he would like to remain with the town on a part-time basis until July 1. He has been serving as chief and director of maintenance. “I hate to leave but it’s time to go,” Sullivan said. Stringer has been a part of the Burns Fire Department for 15 years and has been a paid fireman since 2000. Greer has been working in the town’s maintenance department part-time for five years. Mathis said Greer and Sullivan would essentially swap positions for the remainder of the fiscal year and Sullivan also will be on hand to assist with the transition to Stringer as the new chief. In other appointments Monday night, the commission unanimously re-appointed Carol Sullivan as recorder and municipal court clerk and Chris Ward as director of the parks department. Mathis did not name a vice mayor and said he would appoint the town’s planning commission and board of zoning appeals members next month.