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Santa Monica Fire Department Gets a New Fire Chief

Hallock’s career in fire service began in 1994 as a reserve firefighter

Matthew Hallock has been appointed as the new chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department. His official start date is scheduled for Feb. 12, with an annual salary of $303,588.

Hallock, previously serving as the fire chief in Monterey Park since 2020, brings 24 years of experience in public safety and emergency response.

Hallock’s career in fire service began in 1994 as a reserve firefighter, and he later returned in 2002, steadily climbing the ranks. In addition to his public sector experience, he spent four years as an emergency preparedness planner at Southern California Edison, according to a post from the City of Santa Monica. Notably, he led the Monterey Park Fire Department through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tragic shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity, Hallock said in the release, “Santa Monica is known for its commitment to community safety, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the exceptional Fire Department team.” He looks forward to collaborating with the community to ensure the highest level of emergency services.

Hallock holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program through the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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