Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig announced today, Monday, that Fire Chief Kris Head will be retiring next month.
Head has been with the department since 1984, when he was hired as a probationary firefighter. He was promoted to Captain in 1989, to Battalion Chief in 2004, to Division Chief in 2007, and to Fire Chief in 2010.
Head's last official day will be October 29.
"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this community," said Head in a statement released by the city. "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."
"On behalf of the City of Laguna Beach, we would like to extend our thanks to Chief Head for his years of service to the city, the fire department, and the Laguna Beach community and we wish him the very best in his retirement," said Pietig. "Kris’ experience, leadership and dedication will be missed.”
Pietig has begun the process of finding a new fire chief.