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SF's new fire chief Jeanine Nicholson is first LGBT chief in city's history

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced that Deputy Chief Jeanine Nicholson will serve as the next San Francisco Fire Chief.



Nicholson is a 25-year veteran of the fire department and will be the first LGBT Fire Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department and the second woman to run the department, following Chief Joanne Hayes-White. 

“Deputy Chief Nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a tremendous leader and I can think of no better person to serve as our next Fire Chief,” said Mayor Breed. “Her experience and her resiliency have prepared her to lead the men and women who are out there every day protecting our residents, and I am confident she will be ready to lead the Department on day one. I also want to thank Chief Joanne Hayes-White for her service and her support as we go through this transition process.”  

Hayes-White announced in October she would be retiring. 

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