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Skinner to Help with Recruitment and Stay on Until Replacement Found

Post Date:05/07/2015 11:47 AM


For Immediate Release 
May 7, 2015

Media contact:
Jeanne Sullivan
Communications Contractor

Redwood City, Calif. - Redwood City Fire Chief Jim Skinner, a veteran firefighter who has served the community for over three decades, announced today that he plans to retire June 28, 2015.

"Jim is a well-respected leader and a great friend to many here at the City, so I know he will leave big shoes to fill," said City Manager Bob Bell. "I'm very happy for him and this exciting new chapter in his life. Jim has kindly agreed to help with the search and remain in his post until the new chief is found - something I am sure the new city manager will be very grateful for."

Chief Skinner was hired by the Redwood City Fire Department in May of 1982, steadily working his way up through the ranks. In 1990, he was promoted to Captain and in 1998 he became Battalion Chief. Jim headed up the Training Division for three years before being assigned to the "B" platoon. In September of 2008, the City appointed him as the new Fire Chief.

"I'm really excited about retiring, and yet I'm very saddened to leave a profession I love so much," said Skinner. "Over the past 33 years it's been wonderful to see the Redwood City Fire Department grow and become so involved in the community, and it's been a great privilege to work for such a progressive city. I'm particularly proud to have served alongside so many great people, and to have had the opportunity to work my way up and lead such a dedicated team."

Although Skinner plans to retire June 28, he will remain longer if needed to assist the new city manager - who has yet to be named -- with the search. He also aims to continue working part time at City College of San Francisco, where he's been teaching Fire Science since 1994.

"I'm not quite ready to leave the workforce completely," Skinner added, "especially at a time in my life where I want to give back to the profession that treated me so well and help train the new generation of firefighters. However, I'm really looking forward to slowing down and spend more time wine tasting with my wife Becky!"


About the City of Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is located in the middle of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains. With over 76,815 residents Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo and boasts the 'Climate Best by Government Test' (the city slogan). Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum, the only active deep water Port within the South San Francisco Bay and a vibrant downtown offering residents, visitors and businesses a unique retail, entertainment and restaurant experience for all ages to enjoy. Visit for more information about the City of Redwood City or follow us on Twitter at @RedwoodCity



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