Fire Chief Named Interim Manager of Riverside

Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore will serve as Interim City Manager while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Al Zelinka. On June 3, Zelinka left the City Manager’s office. He is now the top administrator for Huntington Beach.

Moore has served as Fire Chief for the past eight years. He has worked in public service for four decades. He previously worked for the Orange County Fire Authority and served as Fire Chief in Irvine.

“During Moore’s tenure as Fire Chief, the Fire Department, assisted by funding from Measure Z, elevated its rating from Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 to the highest awarded level – ISO Class 1,” according to a news release. “This highly regarded distinction reflects the department’s commitment to providing quality public safety services through faster response times, more firefighters and paramedics, and additional truck companies.” 

“Michael Moore has done an exemplary job ensuring our Fire Department has the tools and training to continue with a tradition of excellence,” said Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Conder. “His leadership during the coming months will ensure continuity and professionalism across our many City departments.”

Moore will earn an annual salary of $312,052 as Interim City Manager. Lawayne Hearn, Deputy Chief of Operations for the Riverside Fire Department, is taking over as Interim Fire Chief.