Hawkins is still an employee of Cal Fire but is no longer Riverside County fire chief, a Cal Fire spokesman reported. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Talbot will serve as acting fire chief while a replacement is found.
No reason was cited for Hawkins’ removal.
“It was nothing on our end. This was a unilateral action by Cal Fire,” Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley said in remarks reported by The Desert Sun. He stressed that Hawkins was “very well-liked” by local officials.
Hawkins has been chief since August 2006 and a firefighter since 1964.