City selects interim fire chief

Fire Chief Dale Foster listens to Gilroy Fire Department

A 22-year firefighter veteran from Palo Alto fire has been hired by the City of Gilroy as its interim fire chief, replacing Chief Dale Foster.
Roger Bloom will take over the position on July 30, three weeks before Foster retires on Aug. 17 to ensure a “smooth transition of leadership,” according to a press release from the City.
“We are extremely excited to have secured someone with Roger’s level of professionalism, knowledge and experience in the fire service,” said City Administrator Tom Haglund.
Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University. In Palo Alto, he worked in a multitude of positions for the fire department, ending his tenure as the Chief of Operations.
Bloom will earn a monthly salary of $14,525. A recruitment for a permanent fire chief will continue in the new future, with Bloom assisting in the recruitment effort.

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