The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services announced Friday the departure of Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor.
Taylor, who was hired to the department as a volunteer firefighter in 1991, is leaving to accept the deputy fire chief position at the Montecito Fire Department in Santa Barbara County.
He will begin his new position Feb. 1.
He was promoted to full-time firefighter in Paso Robles in 1993 and worked his way up to battalion chief, according to a city news release.
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“The loss of a 24-year employee of Taylor’s caliber is a blow to the department,” Fire Chief Ken Johnson wrote in the release. “This was a logical move for Kevin’s career, but I know he struggled with the difficult decision of leaving. He’s a real Roblan at heart.”
Taylor, a Paso Robles High School graduate, was a member of the Paso Robles Rotary Club, served in leadership positions in several professional organizations and volunteered as assistant baseball coach for Paso Robles High School for the last seven years.