The City of Poway is proud to announce the appointment of Jon Canavan to fire chief effective July 15. Canavan is the city’s deputy fire chief and has 30 years of fire service experience.
“In my short time serving as city manager, I have learned the depth of Jon’s fire service skills, knowledge and abilities,” said City Manager Chris Hazeltine. “He is extremely competent, and I am confident that he will lead the fire department and serve our community especially well.”
Since 1961, members of the Poway fire department have served the residents, businesses and visitors of the “City in the Country” with a tradition of compassion, professionalism, and innovation. Today, the department continues the tradition of service excellence as an all-hazards, all-risk public safety organization responding to over 5,000 calls for service each year. The Poway fire department is designated “Class 1” by the Insurance Services Organization’s Public Protection Classification program for providing exemplary fire protection.
“I am thankful for being selected as Poway’s next fire chief to serve the community I call home,” Canavan said. “I am extremely proud to lead the men and women of the Poway fire department who serve Poway with uncompromising compassion and dedicated service each and every day.”
Canavan has been with the department for 16 years. The city’s current chief, Mark Sanchez, is retiring after a 45-year career with Poway. Canavan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Administration & Technology from California State University, Los Angeles.
Also effective July 15, management of the Sheriff’s contract will move to the City Manager’s Office.