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New Fire Chief Selected For Santa Barbara

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 10:30am

Santa Barbara had more than 30 applicants from people seeking to become the city’s next fire chief, but in the end, the city picked the person who was already doing the job on an interim basis.

Pat McElroy was appointed chief by City Administrator Jim Armstrong, pending final approval by the City Council.

McElroy has been with the department for more than 30 years, and was most recently Fire Operations Division Chief.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Andy DiMizio late last year.

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