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Sep 11, 2012 8:20 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Santa Barbara City Fire Chief announces he's retiring

Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio announced Tuesday he is retiring after 38 years of public service.

DiMizio first joined the city as a firefighter in 1980. He served in numerous positions over the years and was officially appointed to lead the Fire Department in 2009.

"Andy has done an outstanding job managing the Fire Department, from helping the community prepare for a natural disaster to fighting major fires like the Jesusita Fire that threatened the community a few days after he was appointed," said City Administrator Jim Armstrong.

DiMizio will retire from his position on December 14.

Armstrong is currently looking into recruitment options to fill the position.

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