SAN JOSE -- City Manager Debra Figone announced Tuesday she will appoint deputy Fire Chief Ruben Torres to serve as San Jose's acting fire chief after Chief William McDonald's departure later this summer for the top job in Las Vegas.
The management shift came after McDonald's Friday announcement that he has been nominated to be Las Vegas' new chief, a job he expects to start after the Nevada city's elected officials ratify his appointment next month.
Figone said she expects McDonald and Torres to "work closely together during this period" to "ensure continuity and stability for the fire department."
Torres, a San Jose native and 27-year department veteran with eight years of senior command experience, has served as both deputy fire chief and fire marshal, responsible for the reorganization of field operations and other special projects.
Figone also noted that Torres, a married father of four children ranging in age from 4 to 24, has two relatives serving in the Fire Department. She said she has taken "appropriate steps" to "ensure that we comply with city policy regarding the supervision of relatives during this interim period."
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