Tom Arnold Named Costa Mesa Interim Fire Chief
Today Costa Mesa CEO Tom Hatch announced that long time resident Tom Arnold has been appointed Costa Mesa Interim Fire Chief pending the completion of physical examination and background check.
Arnold, who has been a Costa Mesa resident for more than three decades, is a retired Deputy Fire Chief in the City of Newport Beach. According to the Daily Pilot article on his appointment, he worked as a firefighter, paramedic, fire captain and battalion chief before his final 15 years as Deputy Fire Chief.
This is great news for the City of Costa Mesa and for the Costa Mesa Fire Department specifically. The department has been in a state of unrest, without a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and with other senior Fire management positions vacant for a year. Interim Fire Chief Kirk Dominic, who has tried to hold it all together during this troubled time, will return to field operations once Arnold takes charge.
LEADERSHIP NEEDED MORE THAN EVER
There remains much turmoil swirling around the Fire Department, including the potential of the takeover of the department by the Orange County Fire Authority and the conflict with the City Council over pensions. Arnold's experience and leadership will be especially welcome at this time.
KUDOS TO BOTH TOMS
Kudos to Tom Hatch for making this move, and to Tom Arnold for accepting this challenge.