Friday, November 26, 2010

TFD: Tracy Fire Department welcomes new Fire Chief

The city of Tracy has a new fire chief.

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The city manager’s office announced Wednesday, Nov. 24, that Alford Nero will be the new chief of the Tracy Fire Department as of Jan. 1, 2011.

Nero, who for the past 11 years has served as fire chief in Brea, a municipality of 40,000 in Orange County, was one of several well qualified candidates for the position, according to City Councilman Mike Maciel.

“As was the case with a number of the other candidates, they were impressive,” he said. “It was a strong field of candidates.”

That field included at least two people from inside the Tracy department.

While the City Council was appraised of the hiring process, Maciel explained, the ultimate authority to hire the new chief lies with City Manager Leon Churchill.

No one was available in the city manager’s office to answer Press inquiries as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the announcement was made.

However, Churchill said in a statement that he is “very pleased” to hire Nero, who began his firefighting career with the Oakland Fire Department 39 years ago.

“He brings to our city a wealth of knowledge and experience and a reputation as a highly effective and respected fire service executive,” Churchill said.

Nero has been an assistant fire chief in Oakland and served as chief in Richmond in addition to his stint in Brea.

“I am very pleased to be able to return to Northern California and lead a highly respected fire department in such a great community,” Nero said as part of the city’s media release.

Nero replaces Chris Bosch, who was fired March 23, several days after he filed a complaint with the city alleging abusive treatment by city officials.

Bosch and his attorney have sought severance pay from the city, and the matter — listed as "pending litigation" — went before the council in a closed session during the Nov. 16 City Council meeting.

The city attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Read more: Tracy Press - Link

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