Matthew J. Stamey, President of the San Ramon Valley Fire District Board announced today, December 21, 2012 the appointment of Jack Barton as Interim Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Barton is currently the District’s Operations Chief and will serve as Interim Fire Chief until a permanent Fire Chief is selected. Barton will begin his new role on January 1, 2013.
Barton joined San Ramon Valley Fire in 1992 and has held the rank of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and most recently was appointed Assistant Chief of Operations in 2012. He holds a Degree in Journalism from California State University at San Diego and is a California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer (CFO).
With respect to the appointment, President Stamey said, “Chief Barton has the skill set and institutional knowledge to lead the Fire District through this transitional time. He has full support from the Board and the entire agency; he is exceptionally well-qualified.”
Formal recruitment for Fire Chief began in November and the Board is currently reviewing applications. The Board anticipates naming a new Fire Chief in early 2013. This recruitment came after Fire Chief Richard Price announced his retirement effective December 31, 2012. Price retires with over 30 years of service.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.