New Fire Chief Selected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2002
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John C. Martin, City Manager
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VETERAN FIREFIGHTER SELECTED AS NEW CHIEF OF THE DALY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT


Daly City - City Manager John C. Martin announced that Ron D. Myers has been selected as the new Fire Chief of the Daly City Fire Department. Myers, who has served as Deputy Fire Chief for the City of San Mateo for the past two years, will assume the top post of the Daly City Fire Department on July 15. He is an 18-year fire service veteran, and previously served as the Fire Chief of the Oroville Fire Department.

"I am thoroughly impressed with the overall professionalism and high standards of the Daly City Fire Department," Myers said. "The department is well trained and equipped to provide quality service to the community and has an excellent reputation throughout the region."

Interim Fire Chief Michael Orloff commended the selection of Myers. "I have known Ron since he came to San Mateo and feel he will do a very good job for Daly City," Orloff said.

Myers began his career in the field of fire service in 1978, when he served as a cadet for the Oroville Fire Department. He held the position of Firefighter in the Oroville department from 1981-1983, when he was promoted to Apparatus Engineer. In 1989 he was promoted to Company Officer and was named Chief of the Oroville Fire Department in 1995. Myers simultaneously served as the city's Administrator and Fire Chief until he accepted the position of Deputy Chief with the San Mateo Fire Department.

"Ron is a uniquely qualified individual and a clear choice for Fire Chief," said City Manager John C. Martin. "He is a Certified Fire Chief in the State of California, a distinction very few in the profession have earned. Ron is also a proven leader and capable manager who brings an array of skill sets to Daly City."

Myers earned an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Science at Butte Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at California State University, Chico. He also holds an advanced degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Myers was among the very first individuals to pass the rigorous Certified Fire Chief program in the state. He is also a Certified Chief Officer and Company Officer as well as a Certified Firefighter.

Myers will become the eighth Fire Chief in the Daly City Fire Department's 51-year history. He succeeds former Chief Robert J. O'Donnell, a 30-year department veteran who retired on September 28, 2001. Former Chief Michael Orloff returned to the Daly City Fire Department to serve in an interim capacity following O'Donnell's retirement. Orloff will resume his retirement in July.