South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool submits resignation |

South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool submits resignation

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Fire Chief Clive Savacool has submitted his resignation, effective May 6, city officials announced on Monday.

Clive Savacool

Savacool will be out on remaining paid time off in the interim, during which time Battalion Chief Jim Drennan will serve as acting chief, the city said in a news release. Battalion Chief Karl Koeppen will also serve in the acting role, as needed.

City Manager Joe Irvin is evaluating options to permanently fill the role that was long vacant before Savacool was hired in the spring of 2020.

Chief Savacool joined the city in April 2020, during a difficult time. According to the release, Savacool successfully led multiple efforts with El Dorado County and other community partners to stand up vaccination clinics and ensure our community was kept safe and well. He was responsible for the upcoming remodel of Fire Station 3 and oversaw the permanent staffing of Fire Station 2 through the $1.46 million federal SAFER grant and the use of Measure S funds. He established automatic aid responses with our neighbors, furthering the safety not just of South Lake Tahoe, but the region.

While Savacool has clearly accomplished a number of public safety goals, one of the most impactful is his work in coordinating with area fire districts, law enforcement agencies, and El Dorado County to thoroughly update the city’s Evacuation Plan, which was approved by the City Council just weeks before the Caldor evacuation. This document was critical to our success throughout the Caldor event and testament to his contributions to our community.

“Although I didn’t get to spend an entire career with the city, I feel we achieved a lifetime of accomplishments,” Savacool said in the release. “Rough seas make good sailors and we certainly have our experiences to be proud of.”

“Chief Savacool, while here for only two years, has made an indelible impact on our community,” Irvin said in the release. “I am proud to have worked with him through some of the most challenging times our City has faced, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the Caldor evacuation and repopulation. We are a safer city because of his leadership. I thank the Chief for his committed service and wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

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