With a traditional pinning ceremony, Redondo Beach officially recognized Robert Metzger as the chief of the local fire department.
City Manager Bill Workman, who praised Metzger's "unique" skill set, called the new fire chief a cut above the rest.
"His fit in Redondo Beach was really something that was easy to see," said Workman. When the city manager asked references about Metzger's character, "it was nothing but five-star—five gold stars over and over again."
Firefighter Brian Sweatt, the head of the Redondo Beach Firefighters Association, also welcomed Metzger, telling the new chief that "we look forward to working with you both cooperatively and unanimously."
"You're stepping into an amazing department with amazing men and women," Mayor Mike Gin said. "We're thrilled to have you."
In addition to his duties as chief of the Redondo Beach Fire Department, Metzger will serve as the city's harbormaster.
"This is just a great opportunity," Metzger told the crowd of firefighters, CERT members and residents. "I'm very humble and very grateful to receive this assignment."
Metzger replaces former Fire Chief Dan Madrigal, who retired in December. Since then, Police Chief Joe Leonardi served as interim fire chief.