“We were searching for a dynamic leader for our fire department,” said Rick Cole, City Manager.
“Chief Walker is that kind of leader and our city will benefit from his track record of community collaboration and commitment to service excellence.
As Chief, Walker will command 108 responders and 15 civilian staff, charged with preventing the loss of life, property and the environment from fires, medical and other natural or man-made disasters. He is a member of the Alhambra Rotary, a member of the Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Governing Board and in 2014/15 was the President of the Board of Directors of the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA. 16 By Mitch Lehman The notion of retirement apparently didn’t sit well with Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda.
I feel I still have something left to bring to the table.I am really looking forward to working with the women and men of the three departments.” Rueda was born and raised in Los Angeles and followed two of his older brothers into the fire service. Following five years at the helm of Santa Monica Fire Department, Fire Chief Scott Ferguson will hang up his City hat May 10 before embarking on a new role as Fire Chief of the Riverside County city Murrieta.With a population just over 105,000, and nestled between Temecula and Wildomar, the semi-rural Murietta will afford an easier way of life, according to the Chief.Walker, the current Fire Chief for the City of Alhambra, comes to Santa Monica with 21 years of public safety experience.
He is the 2016 President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association and the 2015/16 President of the Foothill Fire Chiefs Association.
-- Fire Marshal Binder is managing a team that is inspecting more buildings and processing more plans and permits than ever before.
-- Local 1109 has been a close partner as the Department has begun to assess the need and deploy more resources to deal with a rapidly increasing call volume.
I am confident that he will be a great contributor to building a citywide culture of data-driven, results-oriented innovation.” Prior to his five year tenure in Alhambra, Chief Walker was the Fire Chief for the City of Fountain Valley.
His background includes expertise in the areas of administration, building and safety, Urban Search & Rescue, fire prevention, emergency medical services, staff training and community relations.
“I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the Santa Monica Fire Department as Chief,” said Bill Walker.