Looks like it’s time for the city of Salinas to start recruiting a new fire chief. Again.
Just eight months after starting in the position, Salinas Fire Chief Jeffrey Johnson submitted his resignation letter to City Manager Ray Corpuz; in that Jan. 29 letter, Johnson wrote that his last day on the job will be Feb. 13.
While he gave no reason in the letter, several city officials say Johnson’s daughter-in-law recently gave birth and that Johnson’s wife, Kim, wants to move to be closer to their grandchild. Assistant City Manager Jim Pia says Johnson has accepted the fire chief’s job in Newport News, a shipbuilding town in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.