The Fire Chiefs Department is made up of municipal fire service leadership who represent departments that provide direct fire service to cities: five executive leaders, eight policy committee members, and additional "at-large" members who contribute to conference planning, research, and representing the League on various state and local advisory committees.
Fire Chiefs Deparment Brochure - Who We Are, What We Do
Each year, the Fire Chiefs Department elects officers to oversee the work of the department and represent the department on the League's board of directors and other League policy committees. Fire Chiefs who are interested in pursuing a leadership role with the League should contact Tim Cromartie.
2015-2016 Department Officers
President - Mike McLaughlin, Consumnes Fire Department Chief
1st Vice President - Kurt Lapitow, Lompoc Fire Department Chief
Second Vice-President - Eric Nickel, Palo Alto Fire Department Chief
Director - Mike Despain, Clovis Fire Deparment Chief
Past President - Bob Espinosa, Manhattan Beach Fire Department Chief
*Terms are for one year, ending in September, except the director who serves a two-year term.
Policy Committee Appointees
Appointed by the department president, each department has at least one representative on each of the League’s standing eight committees that can provide technical information to the committee as a whole to ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues.
Visit the League’s Policy Development webpage to view upcoming meeting information, listed committees, and meeting agendas.
Now accepting appointment requests for 2014 term. For more information about the appointment process, please contact Meg Desmond.