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SLO Food Bank selects former fire chief as new CEO

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 02:19:28-04

San Luis Obispo’s former fire chief is now head of the SLO Food Bank.

Garret Olson says he has been with the food bank since March 30 in a fulltime but temporary position due to needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He took the reins as CEO May 13.

“Garret retired as the Fire Chief for the City of San Luis Obispo in 2018 and started a consulting firm with another former Fire Chief, Rob Lewin. When the COVID-19 public health emergency impacted our lives, Garret and Rob donated their emergency management experience to assist several local non-profits, including the SLO Food Bank. Subsequently, Garret was invited to join the SLO Food Bank Team as the temporary COVID Emergency Operations Manager,” according to a post on the SLO Food Bank website.

The search for a new CEO began in January after the food bank said former CEO Kevin Drabinski left under a "mutual agreement.”