Fire chief gives notice

After less than a year on the job, Bill Hack is outta here

After serving for less than a year as fire chief—and six months before that in an interim capacity—Bill Hack put in 30 days’ notice to City Manager Mark Orme earlier this week. His last day will be Aug. 15.

His time on the job hasn’t been easy—funding for the Chico Fire Department has been difficult. In February, the City Council voted to lay off nine firefighters. The next month, Hack (pictured) was forced to close two fire stations due to lack of staffing.

Orme said Hack will be moving to the city of Rocklin. He does not have a plan yet to fill his shoes—he said the city will start recruiting soon and name an interim replacement sometime next month.