Contra Costa Fire Chief Announces Retirement

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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Daryl Louder announced his retirement Monday after almost three years on the job.

In an email sent to fire district employees, Louder said he is retiring due to medical issues in his family, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 President Vincent Wells said.

Louder is from Fairfax, Va., and still has family there, Wells said.

Wells said Louder will help in the hiring process for a new chief, and his last day will be on Oct. 31.

The chief's announcement comes after a turbulent year that saw the fire district shut down three stations and drastically scale back hours at Clayton's only fire station due to budget short.

District officials had hoped voters last November would support a parcel tax measure meant to close the district's $17 million budget deficit and prevent the station closures, but the ballot measure failed.

Louder and other fire officials cited plummeting property tax revenue - the district's main source of income - couple with rising pension and health care costs, as the source of the budget gap.

The cash-strapped district spans 304 square miles in Antioch, Clayton, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and a handful of unincorporated communities.

 

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