New Morro Bay fire chief is veteran firefighter

Steve Knuckles is Morro Bay’s new fire chief.
Steve Knuckles is Morro Bay’s new fire chief. Courtesy photo

Morro Bay’s new fire chief is familiar with the department. Steve Knuckles, a 14-year veteran of the Morro Bay Fire Department, will serve as its chief, according to a news release from the city.

Knuckles, who previously worked for the Atascadero Fire Department, was hired by Morro Bay in May 1999 as a fire captain. Since then, he has participated in a number of city programs, serving as acting fire chief, department training officer, mutual aid strike team leader and emergency training coordinator.

Knuckles was interim fire chief for three months after the retirement of outgoing Chief Mike Pond.

City Manager Andrea Lueker praised Knuckles’ 30-plus years of local public service.

“I have found Steve’s abilities, work ethic, commitment to community, extensive qualifications and experience as well as his strong desire to succeed make him the right choice for Morro Bay’s next fire chief,” Lueker said in the news release.

Knuckles will be formally sworn in as fire chief during the City Council’s April 23 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 209 Surf St. in Morro Bay.