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Riverside Fire Chief Retires

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE - Riverside Deputy Fire Chief Mike Esparza will take over for the next three months following the retirement of Chief Steve Earley, a 32-year member of the city of Riverside Fire Department.

Earley led the department for the past 4 1/2 years and stepped down Thursday. Earley will work start working Jan. 10, 2014 through September mentoring fire department members who will rotate in the acting fire chief position, city spokesman Phil Pitchford said.

"I am amazed at what a great department we have, how far we've come in the last 125 years while continuing to consistently grow and advance," Earley said. "I am excited about the future or our department and the innovations that await Advertisement
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the fire service. I know our personnel will continue to develop themselves and advance safety to ensure all personnel go home safely."

Esparza's term as acting fire chief will end March 31. Division Chief Bill Schellhous will take over from April 1 to June 30 and Division Chief LaWayne Hearn will be acting fire chief for Riverside from July 1 to Sept. 30. The city is expected to select a new fire chief following Hearn's stint.

City Manager Scott Barber praised Earley for his commitment to public safety.

"Chief Earley has been an outstanding fire chief," City Manager Scott Barber said. "I appreciate his leadership and his dedicated service to the city of Riverside and its residents."



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