The city of Paso Robles announced Thursday that it has a new fire chief.
Jonathan Stornetta, a fourth-generation resident of the North County who has served as interim chief since October, will take over as the permanent head of Paso's Emergency Services Department, the city said in a news release.
Stornetta joined the Fire Department in 2001 as a firefighter and paramedic, the city said. Throughout the years, he has been a fire captain and paramedic and a battalion chief.
In a release, City Manager Tom Frutchey praised Stornetta's "thorough understanding of the community's values and needs," along with his technical expertise and years of experience.
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"I am extremely grateful and honored to lead an organization with such great people," Stornetta said in the release.
Stornetta lives in Creston with his wife and two children.