A new temporary fire chief has been named for the tri-city department serving San Gabriel, San Marino and South Pasadena.
The new interim chief is Kirk Summers who recently retired as fire chief for the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.
Former tri-cities fire chief Jim Frawley left in April to pursue a job in Santa Cruz, and at that time the three city managers appointed San Marino Deputy Chief Mark Phillips to the interim chief position.
“However, after assessing the situation Phillips recognized that he was not interested in the permanent fire chief position,” a city press release stated.
”Phillips and the city managers determined that hiring a retired chief would be a preferable option for the interim fire chief position. Phillips welcomes Chief Summers to the position so he can return to his position as deputy chief in San Marino.,” the press release stated.
Summers served the Chino Valley Independent Fire District for five years, first as deputy fire chief of operations and then as fire chief. Before that, he served 30 years with the Orange County Fire Authority. He earned his Bachelor of Vocational Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Summers will serve as interim fire chief for up to six months, while recruitment is underway for a new permanent chief. Summers will serve all three cities, but will be an employee of the City of San Gabriel. He will take his post immediately.
“The city managers of San Gabriel, San Marino and South Pasadena are confident that Chief Summers will meet the needs of the three city fire command in the interim capacity,” San Gabriel City Manager Steve Preston said. “He has demonstrated the skills, experience and leadership necessary to keep our fire service running smoothly while we search for a permanent chief.”