Important Updates

Executive Management

Fire Chief
Jeff Bowman
Jeff Bowman is Fire Chief for the Orange County Fire Authority. He manages a department of 72 stations, 1,360 personnel, covering 23 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County.
He also serves on the Scripps Health Board of Trustees, appointed to the Board in 2004. He has served on hospital system boards for the past 20 years and has significant insight into quality, culture, and leadership. Chief Bowman retired as Chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department in 2006. Prior to his San Diego appointment, he was Fire Chief of the Anaheim Fire Department for 16 of the 29 years served with that agency.
Chief Bowman served as President of the California Fire Chiefs Association and the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association, and was appointed to the State Board of Fire Services by Governor Pete Wilson in 1997. He has served on committees of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In 2004 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission to address statewide fire and emergency issues. He also has served as a technical advisor and consultant to several fire service-related companies. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently appointed him as Co-Chair of the Fire Service Task Force on Climate Impact.
Tasked with managing San Diego Fire-Rescue resources during the October 2003 Fire Storms which devastated San Diego County, Chief Bowman was subsequently appointed to co-chair the San Diego Regional Fire Prevention Emergency Preparedness Task Force by the Mayor of San Diego and the County Board of Supervisors. He received community recognition for his management of the 2003 Fire Storms and was named "Fire Chief of the Year for 2004" by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.
He and his wife Denise have six children and seven grandchildren so far, and enjoy farming a small family vineyard in Escondido, California.
Assistant Chief of Business Services
Lori Zeller
Lori Zeller, Assistant Chief of Business Services, has been with OCFA 17 years. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Chief in 2004, Lori served as OCFA's Assistant Treasurer from 1997 to 2000, and then as OCFA's Treasurer from 2000 to 2004. Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Assistant Chief & Fire Marshal
Lori Smith
Lori Smith serves as the Assistant Chief & Fire Marshal. She has over 30 years of experience in the fire service, having served 12 years in management and executive management positions. She is a Cal State Fullerton graduate in Political Science and also holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Fire Administration. She is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officers program.
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources Director Brigette Gibb joined the OCFA family in 2014, after serving the City of Anaheim for 21 years. Her human resources career began in organizational training and development, and evolved into employee and labor relations, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, and benefits. She started her public-sector career as a teenager working for the City of Monrovia as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and recreation leader. She also had the pleasure of serving the cities of Sierra Madre and Irwindale. Brigette is a certified Labor Relations Master (CalPELRA) and holds two degrees, a Bachelor's from California State University, Long Beach and a Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Assistant Chief of Operations
Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas, Assistant Chief of Operations, is a 28 year veteran of the fire service. Chief Thomas joined the fire service in 1984 as a reserve firefighter and since that time has held a number of management positions. The Operations Department is comprised of seven divisions and nine battalions that include 71 fire stations. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Administration & Technology from California State University, Los Angeles.
Assistant Chief of Organizational Planning
Brian Young
Brian Young is an Orange County native who began his fire service career in 1990 with the Orange County Fire Department. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Brian has been actively engaged in numerous specialty assignments. Some of these assignments include; Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Team, Urban Search and Rescue (California Task Force 5), Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator and Fire Investigator. Brian is married and has a son and daughter.
Assistant Chief of Support Services
Mike Schroeder
Mike Schroeder was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief of Support Services on January 9th, 2015. His fire service journey began in 1987 as a Fire Explorer with the Orange County Fire Department, (OCFD). He then was hired as a Paid Call Firefighter with the OCFD while also working as an Emergency Medical Technician on an a private ambulance. In 1993, Mike was hired as a fulltime Firefighter with the City of Tucson Fire Department in Arizona. While serving at Tucson Fire, he became a certified Engineer and completed paramedic school. Mike worked as a Firefighter/ Paramedic until being hired by the OCFA in 1999.
Since returning to Orange County Mike has served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Captain, Fire Investigator and Battalion Chief before being promoted to Assistant Chief.
He has three Associates Degrees: Fire Administration, Liberal Arts and Paramedicine. Mike is married and lives in Mission Viejo with his wife and two sons.