GROTON -- Longtime Fire Chief Joseph Bosselait has announced his intention to retire next summer.

The news was delivered by Town Manager Mark Haddad at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting. Haddad said Bosselait had submitted a letter indicating his intention to step down at the conclusion of his current contract, on June 30.

Bosselait has been Groton's fire chief for 14 years.

Selectmen noted that Bosselait took the top job at a time when the Fire Department was in transition from mostly a volunteer force to its current more professional incarnation with its merged firefighting and EMT services.

Bosselait was also on hand to shepherd the creation of a new Center Fire Station through a multiyear effort that began with a needs analysis and eventually leading to ongoing construction of a new building along Farmers Row.

Selectmen voted to accept Bosselait's retirement letter. They're expected to begin the process of finding a new chief sometime in the new year.