Photos and video: Chris Costamagna sworn in as Sacramento’s 23rd fire chief

Chis Costamagna was sworn in as the new chief of the Sacramento Fire Department at a change-of-command ceremony on Oct. 7 at the Memorial Auditorium.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Assemblymember Jim Cooper, City Manager Howard Chan and Assistant City Manager Leyne Milstein, who had been serving as interim fire chief, spoke at the ceremony.

Costamagna becomes the City’s 23rd fire chief. He was sworn in by his father, Gary Costamagna, who served as the department’s 16th fire chief.

A 27-year veteran of the department, Costamagna previously served as deputy chief of technical services and was responsible for multiple divisions in the department, including fire prevention, fleet, logistics, communications, information technology and urban search and rescue.

He also serves as co-chair of the department’s workforce equity team and was instrumental in launching the department’s diversity, outreach and recruitment division.

As chief, Costamagna will oversee the department’s more than 700 employees and an annual operating budget of $173 million.

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