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March 27, 2012 > Special Life Events: Hayward Fire Chief to retire

Special Life Events: Hayward Fire Chief to retire

Submitted By City of Hayward

On Friday, March 16, 2012, Hayward Fire Chief Craig Bueno announced his intention to retire after many years of dedicated service to the City of Hayward. His retirement will be effective May 12, 2012.

Bueno began his service with the City of Hayward as a firefighter in 1985 and was quickly elevated through the ranks, serving as Apparatus Operator, Captain and Battalion Chief before his promotion to Deputy Fire Chief in November 2006. He began an acting assignment as the Fire Chief in December 2007 and was officially promoted to Chief in March 2008.

"Chief Bueno has provided critical leadership to the Fire Department during challenging economic times for the City, while protecting and enhancing the quality of services provided by the Department. I am grateful for his service and contributions to the Department and the community," commented City Manager Fran David.

During his career, Bueno was elected and served on the Executive Board of Hayward Firefighters IAFF Local 1909 for 13 years, leaving as President in 1998. He has also served as President of the Alameda County Fire Chief's Association (ACFCA) and currently serves as Section Chief of the ACFCA EMS section. Bueno has also been very active in the Hayward community, serving on the St. Rose Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and participating in the Hayward Rotary Club.

"Since the beginning of this Administration, we have worked extremely closely with Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 to address the fiscal crisis that struck our Country. I'm proud to say that their selfless actions, not accepting a single pay rise in five years and assuming the entire share of their pension cost and six percent of the City's cost, are the reason we've been able to maintain full service levels to our residents. The relationship I enjoy with our professional Firefighters is based on respect and trust. Our men and women are the finest the fire service has to offer. I know they will always do the right thing and have trusted them with my life many times," remarked Bueno, reflecting on his service to the Fire Department.

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