Former Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty has been tapped to temporarily lead the Sacramento Fire Department after Chief Ray Jones announced his retirement last month, city officials say.
Haverty, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fire service, will become interim chief Oct. 1, officials said. He will remain in the position, with a salary of $181,602, until a permanent appointment is made.
Haverty retired as head of the Folsom Fire Department in 2010 and has since assisted other agencies with recruitment, assessments and evaluations, city officials said.
He also garnered attention when, as an assistant chief for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, he donated most of his liver to save then-Catholic Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand from a terminal disease. The men barely knew each other but later became good friends.
Haverty said he made the decision because it was his chance to "do something meaningful" and "make a difference in another person's life," according to a previous Bee story.
Jones leaves the Sacramento Fire Department after 28 years. He has been chief the last five.