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Waters gets nod as permanent fire chief

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Waters gets nod as permanent fire chief

Kirk Waters


POSTED October 23, 2009 2:53 a.m.
Kirk Waters is now Manteca’s permanent fire chief.

City Manager Steve Pinkerton on Thursday announced Waters is being made chief following 10 months of serving in that position on an interim basis.

Waters has served the people of Manteca for 22 years. His time with the fire department includes stints as firefighter, engineer, captain, and division chief. He was appointed interim chief following the retirement Chris Haas.

Pinkerton said Waters has ben instrumental in leading the department during unprecedented economic times.

“Kirk has shown true leadership ability, especially over the past 10 months as the city has worked to restructure the organization and reduce our operational costs,” Pinkerton said.

Waters serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Raymus HOPE Family Shelter. He also has coached youth basketball for the Manteca Parks and Recreation as well as at elementary schools for years.

Waters is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has been married to his wife, Shelly, for 16 years. They have six children.

The public is invited to a swearing-in and badge ceremony for Waters on Monday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 1001 W. Center St.
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