SANTA BARBARA, Ca. January 13, 2015 – Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Deputy Chief Eric L. Peterson as the next Fire Chief of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Deputy Chief Peterson has worked for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department for 28 years. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Santa Barbara City College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration. He is currently working towards completion of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge.
Deputy Chief Peterson has served as Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, President of Firefighters Local 2046, Training Battalion Chief, Operations Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, and Deputy Fire Chief. He will begin his assignment as Fire Chief on February 2, 2015.