New Salinas Fire Chief

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News Date: 
September 8, 2020

The City of Salinas has announced that Michele Vaughn, has been chosen by City Manager Ray Corpuz, to lead the Fire Department as the Fire Chief. She will start on Monday, September 7, 2020.     

Chief Vaughn will be the first woman in the history of the Fire Department to serve as Fire Chief.  Chief Vaughn joins a small group of Fire Chiefs who rose through the ranks of Firefighter to Fire Chief in the Salinas Fire Department.

Chief Vaughn has been with the Salinas Fire Department for over twenty (20) years.  She has held several positions including Battalion Chief.  She is currently the Interim Fire Chief.

"I am extremely honored to be the first female Fire Chief the City of Salinas has hired; I am beyond excited of what it feels like to be making history for our city.  I am proud to serve the men and women of the Salinas Fire Department as well as the citizens and visitors of this great city," said Chief Vaughn.