Benicia Fire Chief Jim Lydon was tapped as the new fire chief of Coronado in San Diego County on Wednesday. Lydon will take over the position next month.
Lydon was sworn in as fire chief in 2013, succeeding Steve Vucurevich after he retired that year. Prior to that, Lydon had spent 32 years with the San Rafael Fire Department, serving as a firefighter, fire captain and battalion chief.
Earlier this year, Lydon also served as acting city manager, following the departure of Steve Salomon and prior to the hiring of Lorie Tinfow. He was also very active in the aftermath of the Valero Benicia Refinery flareup in May, answering questions and continually providing updates at City Council meetings.
Lydon will be succeeding Mike Blood, who is retiring from the Coronado Fire Department after 28 years. He will begin his new job on Oct. 10. According to the Fire Department, Josh Chadwick will serve as acting fire chief until a permanent successor is hired.