In front of his wife and sons, a phalanx of firefighters and the City Council, Nero raised his right hand and took his oath of office, administered by Mayor Brent Ives.
Following his swearing-in, Nero made several brief remarks.
“The city of Tracy and the Tracy Fire Department have a long history of excellence,” he said. “I’m very excited to work with this talented staff.”
He also said that he hopes, under his direction, the department can “achieve all of the (City) Council’s goals” and maintain a commitment to serving the community.
Nero, 62, has served as fire chief in Brea, a Southern California city, for 11 years. He was selected for the position in Tracy over several candidates, including longtime Tracy firefighters Germane Friends and David Brammell.
He replaces Chris Bosch, the Tracy chief fired in early 2010 after alleging misconduct by city officials.
For more on Nero, see upcoming online editions of the Tracy Press.
For more on Tuesday's City Council meeting, including the final approval of the Tracy aquatics center design, see the Friday print edition of the Tracy Press.