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Fire Chief Bill Cody announces he's retiring

Head of Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to spend last day on job Nov. 1; search under way for replacement

Fire Chief William M. Cody, who has been at the helm of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department for the past four years, announced his retirement Friday afternoon. His last day will be Nov. 1.

Cody's retirement caps a 32-year career in fire services that began in Southern California with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, where he started as a firefighter and moved up the ranks during his 25-year tenure with that agency. He then joined the Newark Fire Department, where he served as assistant fire chief before joining the LPFD in 2005 as chief.

Cody has been highly regarded for his operational expertise and spearheaded the development of the XAL Regional Academy. Working together with the leadership of fire agencies in the City of Fremont and the County of Alameda, the academy was

established to train new recruits. Today it serves as a model of regional collaboration and

capitalizes on assembling the instructors and resources from all three agencies.

In addition, Cody has served on the board of directors for the East Bay Regional

Communications System Authority (EBRCSA), which is charged with developing a state-of-the-art communications system to serve the public safety agencies of the East Bay for many years to come.

No replacement has been named. According to Pleasanton city spokeswoman Joanne Hall, a plan is in development to conduct the day-to-day operations of the fire dpeartment and the

cities of Livermore and Pleasanton are collaborating on a timeline to recruit for a new

chief.

Janet Pelletier

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