PLEASANT HILL – Jamie Xayavong has been appointed the new Fire Chief for the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.
The announcement marks the first time that a female has been named for the full-time role.
Xayavong served as Lieutenant and as Captain during her 13 years with the department. For the last year, Xayavong has fulfilled the role of Interim Fire Chief.
“Over the last year, I worked directly with Chief Xayavong during the flood event of July 2018, the fire station renovation and on other regional fire related issues,” said Mayor Sara Kurovski. “I have experienced firsthand how she exemplifies our Cities’ and the Fire Department’s values through these interactions. I am thrilled to have a passionate public servant filling the role of our next fire chief.”
In a statement, the Pleasant Hill Fire Department says women make up only 4.5% of the United States’ firefighters. Out of nearly 30,000 stations, only 150 have a female fire chief.