Sonoma County Fire Chief Resigns Ahead of Shakeup

Major changes appear to be headed for Sonoma County Fire. The county is already mulling a dramatic shakeup that could result in its 11 remaining volunteer fire companies leaving county administration. Now, Sonoma County Fire Chief Al Terrell says he will resign.  

Terrell announced his decision Wednesday. He’ll step down in July. It was a departure from previous statements in which he said he’d stay on to help facilitate the changes.

“I think I’ve gone as far as I can go. It’s time for someone with a little more energy and ability to move things to the next level,” Terrell said.

Terrell has overseen Sonoma Fire for the past three years. He has worked in the field for more than three decades, previously serving as fire chief in West Sacramento. During that time, his leadership has received harsh criticism from a number of volunteer chiefs and fire personnel.

Terrell’s departure raises a number of questions about the fate of the department going forward.

“The question is do they bring somebody else in or look to restructure?” said Wilmar volunteer Chief Mike Mickelson, whose company is overseen by Terrell. “It may clear up a few things. A lot of people felt the chief wasn’t doing enough for us and so maybe there will be several people who are pretty excited about this.”

You can read more about the challenges and possible changes facing Sonoma County Fire here