Encinitas Appoints New Fire Chief

Acting Fire Chief Mike Stein has now been promoted to the position of Fire Chief, Encinitas announced this week

The City of Encinitas has appointed a new chief to lead its fire departments across several North County communities.

Effective immediately, Acting Fire Chief Mike Stein has been promoted to the position of Fire Chief.

Stein will serve as chief for the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach as part of a Cooperative Management Services Agreement between the cities.

Mike Stein was hired by the City of Encinitas in September 2013 and has since held the positions of Fire Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Acting Fire Chief. Stein has over 26 of firefighting experience and has served in every rank, beginning with Reserve Firefighter.

“With almost three decades of firefighting experience, Chief Stein is an asset to the community,” said Karen Brust, City Manager of the City of Encinitas.

In 2009 as a Fire Battalion Chief, Stein was assigned to the City of San Diego’s Office of Homeland Security where he managed a regional training program for both fire and law enforcement personnel from around the entire county. In 2013, he was given the Major’s Award from the U.S. Army Sergeant of the California Emergency Management Agency for his work in Homeland Security.

Stein holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

He is a third generation firefighter with his grandfather serving with the Los Angeles Fire Department and his father serving with the Santa Monica Fire Department for 31 years.

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