Carlsbad City Hall.  Photo by Chris Stone
Carlsbad City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

A former Carlsbad fire chief will become the city’s next city manager.

Kevin Crawford, who will step down from his role as CEO of United Way of San Diego County, will succeed Steve Sarkozy in leading the North County city.

Crawford served as the city’s fire chief from 2002 to 2013. In late 2013, he temporarily served as city manager.

“Kevin has nearly three decades of experience working for our city, including serving as a member of the leadership team during numerous significant milestones in the city’s development. In the end, these things, coupled with his collaborative leadership style and deep involvement in the Carlsbad community, made Kevin the right choice at the right time,” the City Council said in a statement.

Crawford joined the Carlsbad Fire Department in 1986 and advanced through the organization before becoming chief in 2002.

Crawford’s leadership and management experience includes some of the largest wildland fires in California’s history as well as command responsibilities during the 9-11 attack in New York City and Hurricane Katrina, according to a news release.

Crawford graduated from Western Sierra Law School and attended San Diego State University, completing the Fire Protection Administration program.

A Carlsbad resident, Crawford is married with four adult children and five grandchildren.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on Crawford’s contract at its meeting on Jan. 12. A start date of mid-February is planned.

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