BUFFALO, N.Y. -- City Officials confirmed Friday night that Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. has retired.

Whitfield is a 33-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appointed him Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department in January 2010, according to the City of Buffalo's website.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released the following statement on Garnell's decision to retire:

“Commissioner Whitfield began his career with the Buffalo Fire Department in September 1984, as a front-line firefighter, rising through the ranks over the past nearly 33 years. He served as Chief Fire Administrator, Deputy Commissioner of Administration, then Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Medical Services, prior to my appointment of him as Commissioner in January 2010. I thank Commissioner Whitfield for his hard work and dedication to the City of Buffalo and its fire department over the past three decades, and I wish him a happy and healthy retirement.”

The new Buffalo Fire Commissioner has not yet been announced.