Department announces new leadership positions

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Former Battalion Chief Richard Rowell has been named the San Marcos Fire Department’s assistant chief of Operations and Training. Assistant Chief Karl Kuhlman will now oversee administration and personnel. Both jobs belonged to Len Nored before his Jan. 31 retirement. Rowell was appointed Feb. 15, according to a press release from the city.

Rowell will manage day-to-day operations of the SMFD’s emergency services and coordinate training for all personnel. He will work with trainers to acquire hazmat certifications and water rescue courses for the department. Rowell served as battalion chief of SMFD for six years and has more than 27 years of fire service experience, according to the release.