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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Appoints New Fire Chief

Redwood City, CA - June 26, 2003 - Redwood Concluding a thorough and exhaustive search and evaluation process, Redwood City now has a new Fire Chief who happens to be a Redwood City native and resident. Gerald Kohlmann has been selected as the new Fire Chief and will assume that role on July 14, 2003.

Mr. Kohlmann is currently a Deputy Fire Chief for the San Jose Fire Department, where he is responsible for administration of the day-to-day operations of the Bureau of Field Operations, that department's largest bureau. He has 15 battalion chiefs reporting to him, and a total of nearly 700 employees within his bureau. Since joining the San Jose Fire Department in 1980, Mr. Kohlmann has also served as firefighter, fire inspector, fire captain, and battalion chief. Mr. Kohlmann started as a volunteer with the Redwood City Fire Department in 1975, then launched his career in 1977 as a firefighter with the Redwood City Fire Department.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to return to my hometown where I began my fire fighting career, and assume a leadership role with this department. It's a great fit for me and my family, and a real homecoming" said Mr. Kohlmann. "I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the staff of the department and the City, as well as our community to continue this tradition of excellence."

The position of Redwood City's fire chief was vacated over a year ago when then-chief Ed Montez retired. Since then, Police Chief Carlos Bolanos has filled-in as Interim Fire Chief.

"We're very fortunate to have Gerry coming on board" said Ed Everett, City Manager. "His years of experience and well-honed leadership skills are of the highest caliber, and he's ready to take the Redwood City Fire Department to higher levels of excellence. He'll be a great addition to the department, and will become an even more involved member of the community."

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff. Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact: Ed Everett
City Manager
(650) 780-7300



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