PINOLE -- Pinole has selected a new interim fire chief in Robert Piper, a retired San Jose deputy fire chief.

Under a proposed contract that will go before the Pinole City Council Tuesday, Piper will be paid $12,381 a month; he will not receive benefits.

Pinole shared a fire chief, Charles Hanley, with the neighboring Rodeo-Hercules fire district until last year, when the Pinole City Council opted to run a stand-alone municipal fire department again once Hanley's contract expired.

In June, Carlos Rodriguez, a retired Union City chief, became Pinole's interim chief.

Rodriguez had to quit Christmas week after serving the maximum number of 960 hours in a fiscal year allowed under California Public Employees Retirement System rules.

Piper's responsibilities as San Jose's deputy fire chief from 2000-2004 included directing the Bureau of Education and Training and EMS, according to his resume.

Pinole is one of three cities in Contra Costa County, all of them in West County, with municipal fire departments. The others are El Cerrito and Richmond.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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