YAKIMA, Wash- The City of Yakima announced today that Fire Chief Charlie Hines will be leaving to take a job in San Louis Obispo, California. Hines will be fire chief of the Central California City heading up a department of 55 employees. Prior to coming to Yakima, he spent most of his fire career in California as part of the Long Beach, La Habra, and California Division of Forestry Fire Departments.
Hines has served as the Yakima Fire Chief since 2007 and expects to remain in this post through late November. City Manager Dick Zais plans to appoint an interim fire chief in the coming weeks.