The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) announced the appointment of Mike McLaughlin as its next Fire Chief on Jan. 23. His appointment went into effect on June 30, upon the retirement of Fire Chief Tracey Hansen. McLaughlin is a 29-year veteran of the fire service who has served as Deputy Fire Chief for the Cosumnes Fire Department since 2014, where he has been responsible for all emergency operations.
McLaughlin now oversees the Cosumnes Fire Department’s $50 million budget and 183 employees in eight fire stations serving the cities of Elk Grove and Galt, and protecting more than 157-square miles of south Sacramento County. Operations include fire suppression, rescue, prevention, public education and emergency medical services.
McLaughlin began his career in the fire service in 1988 as a reserve firefighter in Contra Costa County. He worked as an EMT with Regional Ambulance in Oakland and as a firefighter/paramedic with the South Lake County Fire Protection District before joining the fire department of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At Lawrence Livermore, McLaughlin served in a variety of roles from 1993 to 2007, eventually serving as Assistant Fire Chief. He later worked at the City of Merced Fire Department, eventually serving as its Fire Chief from 2011 to 2014 prior to joining Cosumnes Fire Department.
In addition to his work experience, McLaughlin is one of just 55 individuals in California to carry the “Chief Fire Officer” designation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He is also certified as an “Executive Fire Officer” by the National Fire Academy and “Chief Officer” by the California Fire and Emergency Services Training and Education System. McLaughlin currently chairs the Operations Chiefs Section of the Sacramento County Fire Chiefs Association and serves as the legislative director of the California Fire Chiefs Association and the California vice president of the Western Fire Chiefs Association.
“I am honored to be appointed as Fire Chief for Cosumnes Fire,” said McLaughlin. “My highest priority will be continuing the exemplary leadership of Chief Hansen and supporting our dedicated front-line emergency responders, Fire Prevention staff, and support personnel to keep our community safe.”