Davis's Police Chief is Taking Over Fire Operations Temporarily

The city and UC Davis will analyze the feasibility of a shared management oversight concept for the two fire departments.


Davis Police Chief Landy Black will oversee the Davis Fire Department while city staff analyzes the feasibility of shared management between the City and UC Davis Fire Departments. 

City Manager Steve Pinkerton made the appointment, which was announced on Tuesday. The study is expected to take up to six months. Here's more from the City of Davis: 

Interim Fire Chief Scott Kenley, who came out of retirement last May to direct the city’s fire department, has reached the allowable number of hours the State will permit him to work for the city. Leaving the permanent Fire Chief position vacant at this time allows the City the greatest flexibility in determining the best long-term fire management structure to serve the community.

While Chief Black will have overall responsibility for the Fire and Police departments during this period of transition, the current fire division chiefs will continue to provide day-to-day management of fire operations. Assistant Police Chief Steve Pierce, who manages the administration and support services functions of the Police Department, which includes management of the 9-1-1 dispatch center for Davis Police, Davis Fire and UCD Fire, will oversee the administrative operations for the Fire Department. There will be no noticeable change to fire services provided to the community.

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