Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Chief Michael McLaughlin, a 32-year veteran of the fire service who has served the district for six years, will retire in December.
McLaughlin began his career with Contra Costa Consolidated Fire, and then served with South Lake County Fire, Lawrence Livermore Fire, and City of Merced Fire before joining the Cosumnes Fire Department in 2014 as Deputy Fire Chief. He was appointed to Fire Chief in 2017.
“There has been no greater honor in my career than serving as your Cosumnes Fire Chief,” McLaughlin said in announcing his retirement. “I am extremely proud of our District standing as a highly skilled, innovative public safety leader in our community and with our brothers and sisters throughout the fire service.”
While upholding responsibility for the department’s $56 million budget and over 200 personnel, McLaughlin has served as an executive board member for the California Fire Chiefs Association where he serves as its Legislative Director and Legislative Task Force Chairperson. In this role, he is a key advocate for public safety and efforts in the areas of behavioral health, community paramedicine, and wildland fire.
“Chief McLaughlin is an incredible strategic leader,” said Board President Orlando Fuentes. “He has diligently worked to provide firefighters and staff with the support and resources they need to improve the department and the communities in which they serve across the state, and here at home.”
Under his leadership, the department secured a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to restore eight positions that were lost during the recession and an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant to replace all self-contained breathing apparatus.
“I believe Chief McLaughlin has helped secure the success of the Cosumnes Fire Department for many years to come,” added Fuentes.
In addition to his duties as Fire Chief, McLaughlin co-founded the Behavioral Health Committee, a regional committee to advocate for and provide resources to fire responders and their families. He also co-founded the Sacramento Regional Fire Diversity & Equity Task Force to connect underrepresented and financially disadvantaged persons to the fire service.
“The fire service is a calling, and Chief McLaughlin has answered the call with professionalism and dignity,” said General Manager Joshua Green. “We thank him for his dedicated and selfless service to our community and wish him all the best in retirement.”
The recruitment process for the next Fire Chief is already underway. The General Manager is seeking visionary, proactive candidates who are passionate about public safety, and the health and vitality of our community.
The district will also host an online community meeting next Tuesday, July 28, to explore and discuss the qualities and characteristics most wanted in the district’s next Fire Chief as they enter the screening and interview phase of the process.
McLaughlin said he will spend the next several months helping to ensure the department has a smooth transition with the next Fire Chief.