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Stockton Hires New Fire Chief


48-year-old Erik Newman served with the Richmond Fire Department in the Bay Area and in Clark County, Nevada.

He takes over a department that is about 20 firefighters short of fully staffed.

He is also the first African-American fire chief in Stockton.

"I look forward to serving the citizens of Stockton and looking forward to the next chapter not only in my life but also turning a page book on the Stockton Fire Department. Every organization I've been a part of I left it better than when I found it."

Stockton has emerged from bankruptcy and the fire department has started a training academy for the first time in eight years.
Newman will start on his new job December 16.


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio