San Jose’s Fire Chief is Headed to Fremont

San Jose Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson has announced he’ll step down after more than 25 years with the city. Jacobson has accepted the same job in Fremont, California. It’s an opportunity, the chief said, to “slow it down a little.”

Jacobson started out as a firefighter in 1992, rising to leadership roles in the Bureaus of Fire Prevention, Field Operations, and Training. He was named San Jose Fire Chief in 2015.

“Through the years, Curtis has established a reputation as an excellent collaborator, relationship builder, and problem-solver,” said San Jose City Manager Dave Sykes in a statement. “He has been a strong supporter of community engagement, customer service, and effective use of technology and innovation.”

Jacobson holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from San Jose State University. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His last day in San Jose is Dec. 15.


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