Fire chief and EMS supervisor named

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council addressed some personnel needs in the city Wednesday, by filling several vacancies.

The first vacancy filled Wednesday was the position of municipal judge.

The council voted unanimously to hire Juan F. Garcia, who is currently employed by the Duval County Sheriff's Department, to the position.

Former municipal judge Christina Flores resigned last month for personal reasons, city officials said.

The council also voted to appoint Amando Tunchez as chief of the San Diego Volunteer Fire Department. The position had been held by former San Diego EMS director Sergio Garcia, who resigned from the EMS on July 10.

Although Garcia did not resign from the fire department at that time, officials said they had been unable to contact him for the past month regarding the position of fire chief, which led the council to Wednesday's appointment of Tunchez.

Also related to Garcia's resignation, the council voted to appoint David Lopez Jr. as full-time EMS supervisor.

The council also voted to hire Ismael Briones to the city's sanitation department.

In other business, the council voted to advertise for bids for the sale of a tract of land connected to Eighth Street currently owned by the city.

The tract of land, identified in city documents as the Amended Garcia Heights Addition, is reportedly part of a dead-end street that is not currently in use by the city.

The city council also voted to hold a special called meeting Tuesday to discuss and act on suggestions for the street and drainage project the council expects to receive during a public hearing Monday.