|County board names Terrell as new fire director
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Alfred “Al” Terrell as the Fire Chief and Director of the Fire and Emergency Services Department. Terrell has served for the previous five years as fire chief of the City of West Sacramento and currently is the head of the California State Fire Chiefs Association.
“Sonoma County is fortunate to have Al joining our County family and community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt. “Al has extensive experience and accomplishments both in the area of fire services and with emergency planning and response, a strong sense of collaborative work, and demonstrated leadership at the State level.”
County Administrator Veronica Ferguson underscored the competitive nature of the recruitment as well as the qualities that set Mr. Terrell apart. “We had over 75 applicants nationwide. Local volunteer fire fighters, chiefs, department heads, and County department heads participated in the selection panel, and the breadth of Al’s experience and leadership stood out for everyone.”
“I am excited about this opportunity to join the esteemed Sonoma County Executive Staff,” Terrell said. “And, I am prepared and eager to work with the dedicated and skilled volunteer companies throughout the County. I plan to provide leadership and direction in partnership with those who have dedicated their service to the County to further develop the fire and emergency services program to function as an exemplary community service based agency.”