PARIS, Maine – Citing a perceived lack of support from the Paris Board of Selectmen, the Maine town’s fire chief has decided to retire early after 53 years in the fire service.

The Sun Journal reports Chief Brad Frost has notified Paris officials that his last day on the job will be Wednesday.

Frost says he’s “truly saddened” by the selectboard’s lack of support for town employees, which he claims is driven by person agendas that have created a hostile work environment for all employees.

Frost says he’s invited selectmen to many fire department events in the past and none have shown up.

The 77-year-old says he planned to remain fire chief through the fall, but he can’t put up with the selectboard’s “bashing and negativity” any longer.