The Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department has hired a new deputy fire chief from the city of Merced.
Mike McLaughlin confirmed Tuesday he has taken the job in Elk Grove. Cosumnes Fire covers an area that includes the cities of Elk Grove and Galt.
McLaughlin said he took the job partly to be closer to his college-age children, who are attending school in the Sacramento area.
Originally from the Bay Area, McLaughlin took a job in Merced in 2007 after serving many years in Alameda County. He has been chief since 2012.