MARTINEZ -- County supervisors have appointed Roseville Fire Department assistant chief of operations Jeff Carman as the new fire chief of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
The supervisors, who also act as the fire district board, officially appointed Carman Sept. 17. He starts his new job Oct. 21.
Carman replaces fire Chief Daryl Louder, who announced his resignation in April. Louder's last day with the district is Oct. 31.
Supervisors selected Carman in August from an initial pool of 42 applicants.
Carman's monthly starting salary is $15,527.14. In October, county Human Resources Director Ted Cwiek will ask the board to approve reallocating the fire chief's salary to a higher step; Carman's base salary will be $195,641.88 annually. That salary is 5 percent higher than the retiring chief's, according to County Administrator David Twa. The county, he said, increased the chief's salary range to make the recruitment pool "as broad as possible."
The nine-day overlap between the two chiefs will cost $6,500, which will come from the fire district's operating budget.
Carman will also start his new position with a vacation credit of 80 hours and a relocation reimbursement of up to $10,000. Twa told supervisors the new chief will be entitled to accrued vacation of 23.3 hours a month, which is what Carman receives in his current position.
"Traditionally, when we've brought department heads in, we've brought them in at the same level of benefits that they are receiving from their position," Twa said.
As a county employee, Carman's retirement benefits will be managed by the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association.
Because Carman was previously a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, he's not subject to new state pension reforms. Additionally, when he retires, Carman will receive retirement benefits from both agencies.
After approving his appointment, the board welcomed their new chief.
"We are looking forward to working together, and resolution to a number of issues we face here in the fire district," said Supervisor Federal Glover.
Carman was not in attendance at that meeting.