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Longtime Director Frank Berto to Retire

With much regret, we report that Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) Director and President Frank Berto has announced his  intent to retire from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Board May 1, 2016.   Frank's 33 years of service makes him the longest serving Director since SHFPD was established in 1949.

A Sleepy Hollow resident since 1958, Frank retired as Chief Instrument Engineer at Chevron Oil Company after a long and incredibly productive career.  Frank has served as both Vice-President and President of the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA), SHHA Pool Chairman, Scoutmaster of Troop 50 (with two sons as Eagle Scouts and one as Life Scout), and technical editor for "Bicycling" magazine and other publications.  He has authored four books on bicycling, the best-known being "The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle."  Frank has long served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, where the family attends.

Frank was elected to the SHFPD Board in 1982, serving as President in later years.  He represented Sleepy Hollow as a non-voting member of the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD) from 1995 until 2010 when, after years of effort, he helped Sleepy Hollow achieve two voting seats on the board.  Frank continued to serve as RVFD Director, and then as the RVFD Board President in 2012.  A founding member of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) in 1982, he worked to ensure that every emergency medical response into Sleepy Hollow includes professional firefighter paramedics who are highly-trained and well equipped.

New Board Member Selection Process

Application Deadline May 9, 2016

President Frank Berto will be greatly missed when he retires, but our Board will continue to ensure that our community is well prepared for emergencies including supporting the excellent Ross Valley Fire Department, paramedic services, fire prevention programs, and disaster-related community preparedness projects.  The appointment of a SHFPD resident to fill the unexpired portion of Frank's current term will be made in accordance with Section 1780 of the California Government Code regarding vacancies for Special District Boards of Directors.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, please request an application from Director Tom Finn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We will interview prospective candidates at a meeting to be held later in May.   Additional information is available on our website, www.shfpd.org.

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