After 29 years with the San Jose Fire Department, interim Chief Ruben Torres will retire from his post at the end of the month.
According to interim City Manager Norberto Dueñas, Torres is leaving to become chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Joint Fire Department.
Over the course of his tenure in San Jose, Torres has served as deputy chief and fire marshal, head of field operations and special projects, credentialed hazardous material technician and safety officer. The San Jose native spent his last decade at the agency in senior command roles.
Dueñas will spend the coming weeks recruiting a replacement and deciding who to appoint as interim chief.
“I am confident in our current fire department management team to lead the department during this transition,” Dueñas says.
A searchable database for the city says Torres received $174,666 in base pay in 2013. That means he will receive approximately $145,000 a year in pension payouts while working for another fire department located just 30 miles from San Jose.