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Nicholes replaces Weber permanently
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Bryan Nicholes has been tapped to replace Brian Weber as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Ceres Department of Public Safety.

"While all three candidates did a great job during the selection process, Chief Nicholes rose to the top," said Director of Public Safety Art deWerk.

Nicholes has been serving as Interim Deputy Fire Chief since his retirement on March 30.

A "meet and greet" for Nicholes will be held for 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Ceres Community Center.

Nicholes started his career in the fire service as a fire explorer at Burbank-Paradise Fire District in 1972. In 1983, he came to Ceres Fire Department and left in 1987 to return to Burbank-Paradise as the fire chief. Nicholes returned to Ceres Fire Department as the Fire Marshal in March 1989.

He has an associate degree from Modesto Junior College and a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College. He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

Over his career, Nicholes has served as a firefighter, captain, training captain, assistant chief, fire marshal and fire chief. A responsibility that was added to the fire marshal position is supervising the Code Enforcement Division.