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The City Council unanimously approved Javier Mainar to be San Diego’s new fire chief today. He was sworn in at the council’s meeting this afternoon and replaces retiring Fire Chief Tracy Jarman.

There was little doubt that council would approve Mayor Jerry Sanders’ nomination of Mainar. Even before the council’s vote, Mainar himself hinted that his approval was in the bag.

“I will have some remarks following the swearing in,” Mainar told the council. “I just wanted to thank all of you at this point for your tremendous support.”

The council laughed with Mainar about the verbal slip and approved his nomination after a round of glowing remarks. After being sworn in, Mainar apologized for getting ahead of the procedure.

“I’m sorry for being so presumptuous earlier, but it seems like I called that one right so I’m OK,” Mainar said.


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