Following a 31-year career serving and protecting the community where he was born and raised, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department announced on Tuesday that Fire Chief Jeff Peters will be retiring at the end of the week.
Peters was formally appointed as fire chief in January 2020, after serving as interim chief for the prior six months. Peters, a Livermore native, was also the first internal promotion to chief since LPFD's founding in 1996.
"I am honored and blessed to have served the last 30 years with the men and women of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department," Peters told the Weekly. "Additionally, I am very thankful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to lead the Fire Department and work closely with city staff and community leaders from both great communities."
Beginning as a volunteer firefighter in Livermore in 1990, Peters was hired full-time two years later and worked his way up through the ranks after the LPFD merger, including deputy chief and assistant fire chief. Leaders for both cities commended and expressed their gratitude for Peters in a joint statement Tuesday.
Peters "has served with the highest level of professionalism and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, particularly during an unprecedented time of a pandemic and wildfires," said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, adding that "his commitment and compassion to service to our shared communities will be long remembered."
Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts said Peters "left his mark on our communities" and "helped develop the culture and significantly move the department forward" during his tenure.
"We thank him for his service and will miss him tremendously. We wish him a long and happy retirement," Roberts said.
In addition to holding a health science degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Peters was a graduate of Leadership Pleasanton, Legacy Livermore and the Alameda County Leadership Academy. He is also a member of several fire chief organizations, and serves on the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communication Center Advisory Board, Las Positas College Fire Technology Advisory Board, and East Bay Regional Communications System Authority.
While both cities search for a permanent successor for their joint department over the next year, deputy fire chiefs Joe Testa and Aaron Lacey will serve as interim fire chief in six month rotations. Testa, who is deputy fire chief of administration, will serve first, followed by deputy of chief operations Lacey later this year.
A formal recruitment and selection process will take place, with both internal and external candidates encouraged to apply, officials said.
Looking toward the future, Peters said, "I am confident the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is ready to grow and evolve to meet the future needs of its customers. I have enjoyed my career immensely and look forward to the next leg of my family's journey."
Peters' final day on the job is this Friday (April 2), according to officials.