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Northwest Fire chief decides to stay in job

The Associated Press

The chief of Tucson’s Northwest Fire District has changed his mind about taking a job with a fire department in California.

Jeff Piechura had been set to become Chula Vista’s fire chief early next month.

But a statement from the fire district on Friday says family considerations made him decide to stay in Arizona.

The 49-year-old accepted the job as chief of the Chula Vista Fire Department on Wednesday.

Chula Vista has been looking for a new chief for nine months.

Piechura joined Northwest as a captain in 1984 and became chief in 1991.

He was named Fire Chief of the Year in 2005 by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association.

The Associated Press

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