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Binaski sworn in as Clovis fire chief

John Binaski (left) is sworn in as fire chief for the city of Clovis by City Clerk John Holt at the Clovis City Council meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016.
John Binaski (left) is sworn in as fire chief for the city of Clovis by City Clerk John Holt at the Clovis City Council meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016. tpope@fresnobee.com

John Binaski was formally sworn in Monday as chief of the Clovis Fire Department, two days after his appointment took effect.

The formal swearing-in took place before the Clovis City Council, which had approved the appointment earlier this month.

Binaski replaces Micheal Despain, who left to become fire chief in Lincoln, Neb.

Binaski, 45, started with Clovis as deputy fire chief in 2013. Prior to that, he worked 11 years for the city of Tulare’s fire department, rising through the ranks to division chief in 2011. He also served previously with the Kingsburg Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Department.

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