Chester Owens has retired as Humboldt Fire Chief after a 45-year career with the Humboldt Fire Department. A 1975 graduate of Humboldt High School, Owens went to work as a firefighter with HFD in 1977. Owens was selected as the chief of the department in 1994 following the retirement of his friend and mentor, late Chief Leonard Day. Owens has held the position as chief for 28 years. Owens is a member and past vice president of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association. A pilot, Owens said he will remain active in service with the Memphis Blackhawks and Team Memphis FedEx during his retirement.