Former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Hoving has been named the interim director of public safety in Guadalupe, the city announced this morning.

Hoving begins his position today. He will oversee the city’s police and fire departments while city administration and the City Council continues to evaluate options to fill the position on a full-time basis.

Hoving’s employment will be discussed by the City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting.

Hoving’s hiring fills the position left by the retirement of Police Chief George Mitchell, who opted not to renew his contract with the city. His last day on duty was Friday.

Hoving was with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department for 29 years. He retired in 2008 as a Chief Deputy overseeing field operations.

He previously served as a reserve sergeant with the Guadalupe Police Department and has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Pacific University.

Hoving will oversee both the police and fire departments. The Police Department has 10 sworn officers and two non-sworn office staff. The Fire Department has three full-time fire captains and 11 paid on-call firefighters.

Fire Chief Jack Owen, who was classified as a part-time employee during his tenure with the city, was forced to retire in May 2012 by a change in the California Public Employees’ Retirement Law. Owen had retired from the Santa Maria Fire Department in 2007 after a 31-year career.

Hoving will be paid $37.20 per hour until the city decides how to fill the position.

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