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Former Chico fire chief to lead Rocklin, Lincoln fire departments

Fire Chief Bill Hack
Fire Chief Bill Hack city of Rocklin

A former Chico fire chief has been hired to oversee the Rocklin and Lincoln fire departments.

Bill Hack, who has more than 20 years of experience in the firefighting profession, will assume his new post Monday, according to a joint news release from the cities of Rocklin and Lincoln.

He succeeds Kurt Snyder, the first chief to oversee both cities’ fire departments under a shared services agreement. Snyder is retiring in September.

Rocklin and Lincoln entered the agreement in 2016 to allow the departments to share management staff, including a chief, a computer-aided dispatch system and other resources to create operating efficiencies, according to the news release.

Hack began his firefighting career in 1994 with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He joined the Chico Fire Department in 1995 and rose through the ranks from firefighter to chief. He also has operated a hazardous materials consulting company, taught at Butte Community College, and has a degree in policy analysis and planning from UC Davis.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy