Cameron Park resident named state fire chief
By Jessica Pratt
Cameron Park resident Ken Pimlott, 45, was appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 12.
As the new director, Chief Pimlott will be in charge of most of the operational aspects of Cal Fire. Among numerous other duties he will represent the department on national committees, address different fire policies at the federal level and work with the Legislature on budget issues that affect the department.
Pimlott enters into this position with more than 26 years of fire protection service, having worked with Cal Fire for 23 years. He began his career as a seasonal fire fighter in the Tulare Unit in 1987 and eventually rose up to many different ranks within the department.
He worked in executive management at the assistant deputy director level and also served as the deputy director of fire protection. He was later appointed as acting director in November 2010 until reaching his current position of Cal Fire director.
“I feel honored to serve the administration — to not only work for the governor, but to work for the people of California,” said Pimlott during a phone interview Friday. “Public service is very rewarding.”
Aside from working in the fire protection field for several years, Pimlott also received an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Technology from American River College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University. His education and experience have helped shape many goals for his new appointment.
“A very high priority goal is to continue to improve and better our cooperative relationship with local government and our federal partners,” said Pimlott when asked what he hoped to achieve during his appointment. “Another goal is to provide the most efficient, streamlined delivery of our resource management program, particularly the forest practice program, so that we ensure compliance with all of the forest practice rules and laws.”
Pimlott looks forward to serving the public and providing the best management and operation of Cal Fire as possible.
“I am extremely excited to step into this new role,” said Pimlott. “I look forward to the future and to all of the opportunities that are presented.”