City Fire Chief Pat McElroy addresses the crowd at his swearing in ceremony

Paul Wellman

City Fire Chief Pat McElroy addresses the crowd at his swearing in ceremony

Pat McElroy Sworn in as City Fire Chief

Called the ‘Heart and Soul’ of the Fire Department

Friday, March 1, 2013
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Pat McElroy's swearing in ceremony
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Paul Wellman

Pat McElroy’s swearing in ceremony

Family, friends, and colleagues gathered Friday afternoon at Fire Station 1 to celebrate the official appointment of Pat McElroy as Santa Barbara’s city Fire Chief. The swearing in ceremony started off with an introduction by Fire Captain Gary Pitney, who praised McElroy’s achievements; then McElroy’s niece, Katie, took the podium to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

After Chaplain Jerry Gray led the crowd in prayer, McElroy raised his right hand as he took the oath administered by Mayor Helene Schneider. McElroy, adorned in leis from his family, held back tears as he expressed his gratitude for the support of his family and friends and the City of Santa Barbara. In attendance was a large representation of Santa Barbara brass, including outgoing Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio, Police Chief Cam Sanchez, Assistant Police Chief Frank Mannix, and District Attorney Joyce Dudley.

New city Fire Chief Pat McElroy shares a moment with outgoing Chief Andrew DiMizio
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Paul Wellman

New city Fire Chief Pat McElroy shares a moment with outgoing Chief Andrew DiMizio

McElroy began working with the Santa Barbara Fire Department in 1981, before being appointed to captain in 1990. McElroy took over as interim chief after DiMizio retired this past December, and he was one of 35 final candidates selected by City Administrator Jim Armstrong after a intensive recruitment process.

“Pat exemplifies the heart and soul of this fire department,” Captain Pitney said on Friday.

This article was amended on March 4, 2013, to reflect the fact that it was McElroy's niece (not his daughter) who took the stage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.


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Good to see another local at the helm.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
March 2, 2013 at 10:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey Pat,,, Fire inspections in the Funk Zone are long overdue!!! Perhaps someone can post when the last time they were done. I ask a couple of occupants a while back,,, and they couldn't remember ever seeing an inspection. Any comments???

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Were the occupants bothered by this? Did they feel unsafe? Will somebody profit if there are "safety" based evictions?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 4:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All good questions,,, I really don't know. It just seemed to me that that area was being neglected for some reason . I had a shop on Santa Barbara st years ago,, and the inspections were common. So I mentioned it a few times, and that area seemed to be exempt for some reason. I thought I'd bring it up with this story and see if someone knew anything.

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
March 4, 2013 at 7:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oldtimer- would it have been possible for you to send an email directly to Chief McElroy, or even call his office or that of the Fire Marshall? Why use anonymity on an article celebrating his appointment. I was able to google in about 5 seconds found this list of direct phone numbers:

whosecityisthis2012 (anonymous profile)
March 5, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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