Thatcher Fire Chief Mike Payne retires

Thatcher – On Monday, the Thatcher Town Council presented outgoing Thatcher Fire Chief Mike Payne with a plaque in recognition of his more than 48 years of service. Pictured are, from left, council member Heston Welker, Vice-Mayor Ashley Smith, Mayor Randy Bryce, Chief Mike Payne, and council members Ryan Rapier, Jenny Howard, and Eddy Carlton. 

Chief Payne started on the volunteer Thatcher Fire Department in 1973 and served as its chief since 1998.