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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 04/15/2010
Subject :

City of Palo Alto's Fire Chief to Retire in June 2010
Contact : James Keene, City Manager    650-329-2563
Linda Clerkson, Public Communications Manager    650-329-2656
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto is announcing that Nick Marinaro, Fire Chief since December 2004, will retire in June after 34 years with the City.

Marinaro began his 37-year career as a professional firefighter in 1973 with the Stanford Fire Department after serving two years as a student firefighter at Stanford University. He joined Palo Alto Fire Department in 1976 when the two departments merged. Over the years, Marinaro promoted to all ranks in the department and has held many management positions. He served as Battalion Chief for six years, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for eight years, Fire Marshal for three years, and Deputy Chief of Training and Support Services for two years; including leadership positions with the Santa Clara County Training, Operations and Fire Chiefs sections. Most recently, he has served for five and half years as Fire Chief.  

"Nick has faithfully served this community as a career fire official, one who is a committed public servant and knows Palo Alto very well. As a member of the City's Executive Leadership Team, he has actively participated in our discussions and debates, while always bringing a good attitude and camaraderie to the group," said James Keene, City Manager. “Nick’s knowledge, expertise and sense of humor will be missed.”

During his tenure as Fire Chief, Marinaro has fostered a work environment of professionalism and accountability in his department; implemented more stringent hiring, training, safety and promotional practices; assisted in the development of the Foothills Fire Management Plan; supported community fund-raising efforts undertaken by fire employees on their own time; maintained good relationships with Stanford University, labor groups and the local media; and initiated both a Standards of Coverage study and an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Master Plan that are expected to be completed later this spring. 

“It has been my privilege to have served the Palo Alto and Stanford communities for these past 37 years. Being Fire Chief has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with many intelligent, dedicated, hard-working and talented professionals,” said Marinaro. “The most difficult part of retirement for me will be the absence of those daily interactions with my staff, colleagues, peers and friends.”

Marinaro’s last day with the City will be June 29, 2010.