Eric Nickel joined RGS in 2020 as a Senior Advisor after a 33-year career in the Fire Service. He has served as a collaborative and inclusive public safety executive in positions such as Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and Fire Chief. Eric has broad experience in implementing Board and Council policies, creating shared regional solutions, delivering projects and providing fiscal accountability and transparency. He is an accomplished public speaker skilled in communicating complex information to policymakers and the general public. He has experience in managing all phases of fire operations and in negotiating and shepherding fire and communications infrastructure projects through to successful conclusion.
Eric has served in board and committee posts with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The League of California Cities and the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association. He has a BS in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy.