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City Council approves new Las Vegas fire chief

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The city of Las Vegas officially has a new fire chief. Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday ratified the appointment of William McDonald.

McDonald most recently served as the San Jose, CA, fire chief and succeeds Steven Smith, who has been providing interim leadership since April 22.

The search for a new fire chief involved 60 candidates from across the nation and here in town.

"I'm very happy to be joining the city of Las Vegas team led by City Manager Betsy Fretwell. I'm looking forward to advancing the work being done by the Las Vegas Fire Department in the field of pre-hospital emergency care, as well as continuing the department leadership to achieve service efficiencies through interagency collaborations," McDonald said.

McDonald served as the fire chief in San Jose for 2 1/2 years, previously serving in the same capacity in Foster City, CA; San Mateo, CA; Fremont, CA; and Scottsdale, AZ.

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