Fire chief announces resignation |

Fire chief announces resignation

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti will leave the fire department this fall, according to a Thursday email to staff.

“In looking at the current financial and economic condition of the city and the challenges we face as a community, I reached a point of self realization that I am one of the more expensive employees for the city to maintain,” Gigliotti said in the email. “In this realization, I am considering alternatives and options. My hope is to stay in the community which my family and I have become rooted. It is my intention to remain through September of this year, a final date is still being discussed between the City Manager and I and once a date has been determined, I will let you know.”

Gigliotti said he plans to spend “significant time” visiting with staff in the coming months and maintain an open door policy.

“My hope is that any realized savings or economies from my leaving can be used to preserve the integrity of the response system the community presently enjoys,” Gigliotti said. “During my remaining time with the city, I intend to remain fully engaged and active as your Chief and will continue to work hard to ensure we continue as an organization made up of excellent individuals.”

Gigliotti’s maximum annual salary in 2009 was $143,893, according to records from the California State Controller’s Office.

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