Escobedo named new Pleasanton Fire Chief



Mario Escobedo (second from right) was announced as the new Pleasanton Fire Chief during the May 21 Pleasanton City Council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall, Veronica Escobedo (wife), Fire Chief Escobedo and Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mario Escobedo (second from right) was announced as the new Pleasanton Fire Chief during the May 21 Pleasanton City Council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall, Veronica Escobedo (wife), Fire Chief Escobedo and Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

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.

One response to “Escobedo named new Pleasanton Fire Chief”

  1. Jim Schultz says:

    Congratulations Chief Escobedo!

    Respectfully,

    Jim Schultz
    Interim Fire Chief
    McAllen Fire Department

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