Laguna Beach’s Fire Chief Kris Head, who was appointed to the top post two years ago, intends to retire next month after 28 years on the job, having spent nearly his entire career with the department.
He began his firefighting career with Buena Park in 1983, but was hired by Laguna as a probationary firefighter the following year.
Head graduated from paramedic school in 1988 and was instrumental in the implementation of the first paramedic unit in the department. He was promoted to captain in 1989, to battalion chief in 2004, division chief in 2007 and to fire chief in 2010.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this community. I have every bit of confidence that this organization will continue its fine tradition of providing quality services to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Laguna Beach,” Head said in a statement released Monday.
The previous day, Head was on the scene at a small brush fire near Ruby’s Diner ensuring that appropriate measures were in place to protect the community, said a statement from City Manager John Pietig, who inspected the scene himself alongside Head.
Pietig is beginning the selection process to hire Head’s replacement.