Alameda County Fire Department sent out the following media release on Wednesday morning:
After serving 29 years in Alameda County as a public safety responder, including 27 years in the fire service, Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert will be departing to pursue other career objectives and interests.
His last day as Fire Chief will be July 31, 2012.
Prior to his departure, Chief Gilbert will work on the completion of important projects for the ACFD, such as the consolidation with the City of Emeryville and other regional fire service enhancements.
It went on to mention that media updates will be distributed as information becomes available.
Gilbert began his fire service in 1986 as a firefighter with the
Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District, which eventually merged with
other districts to become the Alameda County Fire Department.
Along with serving as fire chief, Gilbert also served for five years as the president of the California Fire Chiefs Association.
Bay City News contributed to this report. Patch will update this story more information is made available.