ALAMEDA COUNTY -- Demetrious Shaffer has been appointed permanent Alameda County fire chief.
Shaffer, 41, has served as interim fire chief since June, following the resignation earlier this year of former Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert. His appointment to permanent chief takes effect Monday.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment late Friday.
Shaffer began his career as a firefighter in Mountain View and moved up the ranks before being appointed as the Newark fire chief in 2005. He joined Alameda County Fire Department two years ago. Shaffer has earned four degrees including a master's degree in public administration. He is the current president of the California Fire Chiefs Association.
The county fire department oversees about 508 square miles with a daytime population of 394,000 people. There are 30 fire stations and as chief he will oversee roughly 375 people and 100 reserve firefighters.
The board's action marked its fourth appointment this month. On Dec. 4, county supervisors appointed LaDonna Harris as chief probation officer; Brendon Woods as public defender; and Tim Dupuis as interim director of information technology and registrar of voters.