Jim Lydon is ending his four-year run as Chief of the Benicia Fire Department, having accepted the same position in the City of Coronado. Lydon’s first day on the job is Oct. 10. He will earn an annual salary of $189,000.
Lydon brings nearly four decades of experience to the San Diego County city. He even served as acting city manager of Benicia while the council was searching for a permanent top executive.
Lydon began his public safety career in San Rafael, where he eventually rose through the ranks to become battalion chief. During his tenure in Benicia, he oversaw response efforts to a hazardous flaring incident at the Valero refinery.
Lydon also has an impressive academic record. He holds a degree from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Cogswell Polytechnical College in addition to numerous certifications, plus an active paramedic license.