Interim Fire Chief
updated: Dec 04, 2012, 9:53 AM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
INTERIM CITY FIRE CHIEF APPOINTED
SANTA BARBARA, CA - 12/4/2012
Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Andy DiMizio will retire from his position on December 14 after 38 years of
public service. City Administrator Jim Armstrong has appointed Fire Operations Division Chief Pat
McElroy to serve as the Interim Fire Chief.
Chief McElroy has worked with the City's Fire Department for 32 years, where he has served in various
leadership positions since 1990. As the Fire Operations Division Chief, he manages 95 firefighting
personnel, eight fire stations, and the airport rescue and firefighting operation. He has extensive
experience cooperating with regional and state fire agencies and commanding citywide emergencies,
including the most recent Tea and Jesusita Fires. He received a Bachelor's degree from UCSB.
An executive recruitment process is currently underway with a permanent appointment anticipated in
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