Sean Slamon, fire chief of Modesto, Calif., will be starting in early April.
“I am extremely excited,” said Slamon. “I absolutely love the area. The more I visited the more I fell in love with the community. It’s a great fire department. I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Slamon has worked as a firefighter for 29 years, first in Foster City, Calif., and then for the last 28 years in Modesto, where he’s served as fire chief since April 2014.
He was the department training officer for three years, a shift battalion chief for five years and the operations division chief for three years, prior to becoming fire chief.
Slamon is a certified and qualified strike team leader and has led numerous deployments on large wildfires throughout the state.
He has a bachelor’s of science degree in occupational studies from California State University Long Beach and an associate’s of science degree in fire science from Modesto Community College.
Slamon is expected to introduce himself Thursday morning at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Modesto’s population is more than 201,000, according to the 2010 census, and is California’s 18th largest city.
His salary will be $156,021.22 plus benefits according to the Carson City Human Resources Department.
According to transparent California, Slamon was making $166,378 at Modesto plus benefits totaling more than $98,000.