SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/BCN) — The city of Santa Rosa selected Interim Fire Chief Scott Westrope this week to fill the position permanently following a nationwide search.

Westrope, who has spent 21 years of his 27-year fire service career with the Santa Rosa Fire Department, takes over effective Monday after accepting the interim role when former Chief Tony Gossner retired in December.

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Fire Chief Scott Westrope (City of Santa Rosa)

As interim chief, Westrope oversaw the funding and imminent implementation of a vegetation management program to increase Santa Rosa’s wildfire resilience, and has experience battling wildfires — even losing his own home to the Tubbs Fire in 2017, according to the city.

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“Understanding what the department has been through and what the community has experienced is the guiding line for developing this exceptional organization into the future,” Westrope said in a news release.

City Manager Sean McGlynn said Westrope was selected after he “demonstrated immense leadership through previous local wildfires and work with community partners and other agencies.”

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