BEVERLY HILLS—Deputy Fire Chief Greg Barton will be the next Fire Chief for the city of Beverly Hills after Chief Ralph Mundell retires in June. According to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills, Barton is a 22-year veteran with the Beverly Hills Fire Department.

“Appointing Greg was an easy decision,” said Mayor Lili Bosse. “He is a very talented leader and a true mentor to his staff. His calm and friendly way of dealing with everyone he meets is cherished and appreciated by residents, his colleagues on the Fire Department, other city employees and by this Council.”

Barton has spent a majority of his firefighting career in Beverly Hills, moving up through the ranks from an entry-level firefighter position in 1995 to fire captain, fire marshal and battalion chief. He has an extensive amount of knowledge of firefighting and emergency operations including expertise in complex rescue operations, hazardous materials and wildland fire behavior.

“Chief Barton is a person of outstanding leadership abilities, experience and ethics and is devoted to public service,” said City Manager Mahdi Aluzri. “We are extremely fortunate to have him in our Department and for his willingness to step up to the position as chief.”

He holds a master’s degree in public administration and has completed prestigious education programs including the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security-Executive Leaders Program, the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy and the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Chief Barton has earned numerous awards including Firefighter of the Year recognitions from the Kiwanis Club in 1998, the Beverly Hills Fire Department in 2002 and the Beverly Hills Masonic Lodge in 2008. His many certifications cover every aspect of firefighting and emergency management.