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Doug Fry Named Interim Chief of Belmont's New Fire Department

Doug Fry has previously served as fire chief of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department.

Belmont's fire department may be brand new come October, but its first fire chief will bring decades of experience fighting fires in the city of Belmont.

City Manager Greg Scoles announced on Tuesday he has named Doug Fry, who previously served as fire chief of the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Protection District, the interim fire chief of the new Belmont Fire Department.

Fry announced his from the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department in May.

He began his career as a firefighter with the Belmont Fire Protection District in 1975, and joined the South County Fire Authority at its inception in 1979. Fry was promoted to Fire Captain in 1982, and then to Battalion/Training Chief in 1997.

Scoles said Fry's experience in Belmont will be an asset to his service with the city's new fire department.

“Chief Fry has a solid fire background and is enthused about this opportunity in Belmont,” Scoles said in a statement. “We are confident he will keep things moving forward during this transition period, and we feel very lucky to have Doug back in our organization.”

Fry will be responsible for the transition from the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department to the new Belmont Fire Department, scheduled to take place in October.

Fry said he is looking forward to joining the new Belmont Fire Department.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the city of Belmont during this important time,” Fry said in a statement. “My goal will be to make the transition to the new Belmont Fire Department as seamless as possible.”

After the transition, Fry’s interim position will continue into early 2012 while the city looks for a permanent fire chief.

Bill Bohlen June 22, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Laura, What does this mean to the $300,000 that our current fire department was going to pay him for retiring? Does he still get it, or does he get it after he really retires? Bill
Laura Dudnick (Editor) June 22, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Hi Bill, let me see what I can find out. Stay tuned. Laura
Bill Bohlen June 22, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Thanks Laura. I look forward to an additional report.
pat bell June 22, 2011 at 05:12 AM
Either way, he's entitled to the deal that was negotiated years ago. He's not "double dipping," he's working for a separate agency, and they're damned lucky to have him. I see this as further proof that Belmont is smarter, and more prudent, than San Carlos. Belmont will probably get a lot of our best firefighters, and will have Doug to launch the new department and get it running smoothly before he hands it off to the new chief. Doug was willing to stay through the dissolution and help both cities transition to their new services, but San Carlos shut him out. I'm betting Belmont will have a much smoother transition and a more cohesive, loyal department. Thank you, Doug, for agreeing to come back and help out, and congratulations to Belmont.
Bill Bohlen June 22, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Pat, I believe it is still double dipping if you collect a salary and pension at the same time. I will wait until Laura reports back, but I imagine that is what Chief Fry is going to do. Do you know for sure that San Carlos shut him out? If so, I would be intrigued as to why. Was there a vote at some point? Bill
Bob Cancilla June 22, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Good article and a GREAT pick for the City of Belmont. Chief Fry was an outstanding leader and administrator for 35+ years in his prior positions. The City Council and residents of Belmont are darn lucky to have him on board as their Interim Fire Chief. He is taking on quite a difficult job, but with the wealth of local experience he brings with him, he will lead Bemont to a successful transition. Bob Cancilla Belmont
pat bell June 22, 2011 at 03:00 PM
I agree with Bob, and on top of that, I'll bet he'll be working with a lot of the same firefighters we have now. I am happy for Belmont, the firefighters, and Doug.
pat bell June 22, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I guess it depends on your definition of double dipping. Legally, I don't think this is. The San Carlos Public Works Director just resigned. He was in the Coast Guard for 20 years, so I assume he has that pension, and he has been in government for many years, so he has a CALPERS pension as well. Parviz Mohktari retired on a Friday and became a consultant on Monday. There were lots of complaints, but it evidently wasn't illegal because it went on for years.
Mary Morrissey Parden June 22, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Congratulations to Chief Fry and the City of Belmont!

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