Wallace Fullerton joins EDH Fire Board
Retired Marysville police chief and former L.A. County sheriff’s lieutenant Wallace Fullerton has seen riots, natural disasters, contentious politics and more paperwork than one dares imagine.
Now settled in El Dorado Hills, the 56-year-old retiree’s ready to roll up his sleeves for another round of public service — this time as the newest El Dorado Hills Fire Board member. Fullerton, one of seven interviewed for the job, will complete former Director Lou Barber’s term. Barber resigned in December 2013; an election for his seat will be held in November 2014.
“I missed public service,” Fullerton said of his decision to apply. “I also have a vested interest. I’m a resident and want to make sure we have the best fire department possible.”
Fullerton said the department is an “efficient, well-run operation,” and called its highly trained staff impressive. Having “been on the floor with chest pains,” Fullerton said he knows how uneasy someone can feel if they don’t have confidence in those treating them.
“When people need help they want the very best,” he said, explaining that his role as a board member will be to ensure the best stay in El Dorado Hills.
Working in public safety for more than 30 years, Fullerton said he’s seen a department’s services diminish when the idea of saving a few pennies takes over and he doesn’t want the El Dorado Hills Fire Department to suffer a similar fate. “That’s not to say that we can’t change small things … and fine tune things to save money,” he added.
Fullerton’s said he’ll be an “open listener,” listening to the public, management, labor groups and others, and make his decisions after listening to all sides.
EDH Fire Chief Dave Roberts called Fullerton “a good guy with a good head on his shoulders” and said his well-rounded experiences will enhance the board. Fullerton agreed, saying that its members’ different experiences and perspectives make an organization stronger.
Though this appointment is temporary, Fullerton said he hopes to win back the job in November. “I’m not just filling a spot,” he said.
Fullerton joins Board President Barbara Winn, Vice-president Jim Hartley and directors Greg Durante and John Hidahl. The full board meets on the third Thursday of the month at El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. For more information visit edhfire.com.