On Thursday, May 21, Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar announced Mario Escobedo as the new Pleasanton Fire Chief.
“He is a knowledgeable, personable and experienced public servant who has prepared himself to head a combination fire department like Pleasanton,” said Huizar of Escobedo, who currently serves as the fire lieutenant at the Pleasanton Fire Department.
The position became vacant when former Fire Chief Chuck Garris officially retired on Thursday, April 30.
Escobedo was selected following a wide search for candidates in the area. Five finalists were chosen to participate in a rigor- ous interview involving representatives from the City of Pleasanton’s leadership team.
“I have found him to be an excellent communicator and someone who seeks to find collaborative and inventive solutions to our local challenge,” said Huizar.
Escobedo has extensive experience covering the ranks of the fire profession. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter at Eagle Pass Fire Station and was later hired as a paid firefighter in the City of Pleasanton.
“During his career, Escobedo has held various key positions that have made him the most qualified person for the position of Pleasanton Fire Chief,” said Huizar.
Escobedo was sworn into office by City Secretary Andres Aguirre then pinned by his wife, Veronica.
Look for a feature story in a future issue of the Pleasanton Express on the new Pleasanton Fire Chief Mario Escobedo.