City of Vallejo logoThe City of Vallejo is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Drayton as the interim fire chief. Chief Drayton brings over three decades of extensive experience in fire protection and emergency services, demonstrating exemplary leadership and commitment to community safety.

Drayton’s career spans various significant roles, most recently serving as the deputy fire chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, where he oversaw a 200-member, 10-station agency. His leadership in managing emergency operations, advanced medical treatment, HAZMAT response and technical rescue services has prepared him well for his new role in Vallejo.

Previously, Drayton served as the fire chief for the City of Vacaville from 2011 to 2015, where he was instrumental in formulating departmental policies, managing the budget and developing long-term plans for the department. His earlier experience includes roles as the fire division chief and interim fire chief for the City of Vacaville and the City of Dixon, respectively. Drayton also served as the fire chief for the 349th CEF in the United States Air Force, where he directed all fire protection activities and training programs.

Drayton holds a Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration from Cal State University Long Beach, a Bachelor of Science in Management from Saint Mary’s College and an Associate of Science in Fire Technology from both Solano Community College and the Community College of the Air Force.

City Manager Andrew Murray expressed his confidence in Drayton’s abilities, stating, “With Chief Drayton’s extensive experience and proven leadership in fire services, he is an ideal choice for interim fire chief. I am confident that under his guidance, the Vallejo Fire Department will continue to deliver excellent service and ensure the safety and well-being of our community.”

Chief Drayton officially began his tenure with the Vallejo Fire Department on June 3.