The cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the three municipalities served by Heartland, jointly chose Stowell to replace recently retired Chief Rick Sitta, starting Nov. 7.
Stowell, 49, has worked for San Diego’s firefighting agency since 1988 in a variety of roles, including fire captain, battalion chief, deputy chief and, since last year, assistant chief.
In the latter post, he oversaw the SDFRD Emergency Operations Division, which includes 48 fire stations and 845 sworn personnel, along with the department’s training division, special operations, lifeguards and emergency medical services.
He also has served on the San Diego All Hazards Incident Management Team since 2007 and is acting incident commander and operations section chief for the unit.
Stowell graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a certificate in fire-protection administration. He additionally obtained an associate’s degree in fire science from Miramar College and a fire-officer certification from the state fire marshal.
Recently, he received the designation of “executive fire officer” from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Stowell’s starting salary as Heartland chief will be $175,302.
— City News Service
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