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The Alameda County Board of Supervisors today announced the appointment of William L McDonald as Fire Chief after a national recruitment that sought the best candidates to fill this key leadership position. His appointment is effective on August 17, 2020.

Chief McDonald has served as Fire Chief for the last 27 years in three states and six cities including four cities in the Bay Area - San Mateo, Foster City, Fremont and San Jose. For the last almost seven years, he has served as the Fire Chief for the City of of Las Vegas, Nevada overseeing a $145 million budget, 21 fire stations, and 760 full time employees. A graduate of California State University at Fresno, Chief McDonald also has an MBA from California State University East Bay.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of William L McDonald as our new Alameda County Fire Chief. He is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in pre-hospital care systems and services, innovative program development and collaboration with multiple stakeholders. Chief McDonald's wealth of experience and his proven track record will continue the Fire Department's strong leadership and partnership with our contract cities," said Richard Valle, President of the Board of Supervisors.

Susan S. Muranishi, County Administrator, stated "We congratulate Chief McDonald and look forward to his joining the County's strong executive leadership team. We also extend our gratitude and congratulations to Chief David Rocha on his retirement after a long successful career with the Alameda County Fire Department."

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