This month, the City of Oakland held four community meetings after it opened a nationwide search to find a permanent leader for the city’s Fire Department.
Former Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed retired from the force this month after a little more than five years on the job. For now, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Hoffmann is filling the role.
After the devastating San Pablo and Ghost Ship fires, public safety officials are rebuilding morale and working to regain community trust by opening the search process to public input.
Assistant to the City Administrator Joe DeVries told Hoodline that the next chief will ideally have interdepartmental experience and that officials are using social media to encourage residents to become part of the search process.
Source: MJ Carter Hoodline