The Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission appointed Patrick Reitz as the next idyllwild Fire Chief.

The vote was 4-0, Commissioner Jerry Buchanan was absent.

Reitz was was the Fire Chief and Emergency Services Director for the City of Sheridan, Wyoming. He was laid off from this position in February 2012 to help the city save money.

Reitz will begin in Idyllwild on Aug. 1. His salary will be $85,932.

At their June 26 meeting, the commission extended current interim Idyllwild Fire Chief Mike Sherman's contract through Aug. 15. This will allow two weeks of overlap from when Reitz begins and Sherman leaves.