The City of Bakersfield named a new fire chief.
Bakersfield native and department veteran Anthony Galagaza will replace current Chief Doug Greener at the end of this month, city manager Alan Tandy’s office announced Friday.
Galagaza is a 26-year veteran with the department, where he has been battalion chief for the last 13 years. Galagaza has also held the title of captain, engineer and firefighter.
Galagaza graduated from Bakersfield College with a degree in fire science in 1998. He received his bachelor of arts from Columbia Southern University in 2012 and is currently working toward his master’s degree in business administration.
Galagaza is a second generation Bakersfield firefighter, following in his father Mike’s footsteps. He’s involved in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Youth Leadership Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation, the Kern American Red Cross and served as president of the Bakersfield Professional Firefighters for seven years, according to the city.
Greener will retire at the end of this month after nine years as chief.