Golden Gate Fire Chief Robert Metzger is ringing in the new year with a new job.
Metzger has been selected to become the new fire chief for Redondo Beach, Calif., Redondo City Manager Bill Workman announced Monday.
"Bob was appointed to the job based on his demonstrated leadership, integrity and broad scope of experience in the fire service," he said in a statement.
For Metzger, the decision to take the job was an easy one. Three of his four sons live in California and two are in Southern California, near Redondo Beach.
"It was a really appealing opportunity," he said. "What precipitated this is that my contract was up in February and originally, I was not looking for any other opportunity. But because the board didn’t seem interested in taking up the discussion of my contract, I had to look at my options. All of the sudden, this opportunity presented itself."
Metzger said even if his contract had been discussed with Golden Gate, the opportunity to work closer to his children was too good to resist. His last day as Golden Gate fire chief is Feb. 10.
Metzger was selected form a field of 48 candidates in a nationwide recruitment to replace the retiring Redondo Beach fire chief. He will take over a fire department with a staff of 63 employees providing municipal fire protection and paramedic services.
The job also entails that Metzger serve the community as harbor master, with operational responsibilities for King Harbor, emergency preparedness and movie/television support. Among the movies that have been filmed in the community are "Point Break" and "Cannonball Run," and the television show "Dexter."
"This will help me stretch a bit and do something different," he said.
Metzger is not the only one looking to do something different. Last week, Golden Gate Fire Commissioner Kevin Gerrity said he would like to propose that Golden Gate and the East Naples fire districts combine their resources. He plans to make the proposal during a joint meeting between the two departments Jan. 8.