Monte Manson was appointed as the Chief of Professional Standards on September 16, 2016. CAL FIRE’s Professional Standards is a new program that will provide consistent and standardized guidance to all CAL FIRE employees in the areas of hiring, on-boarding, employee behavior, leadership, investigations, and progressive discipline.

Throughout his more than 20-year career with CAL FIRE, Monte has gained invaluable experience related to various State policies and processes, and he brings to this position a strong and extensive administrative background. His ability to develop and cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and his skills in training and policy development will serve him well as he develops this new program.

Monte began his career with CAL FIRE in the Communications Office, where he wrote for the Communiqué and assisted with media events, among other duties. Monte also worked in the Budget Office, Occupational Safety and Health Programs (OSHPros), and what is now known as the Administration and Incident Support Unit. In 2006, Monte became the Administrative Officer for CAL FIRE’s Management Services Division, and in 2008, he was promoted to the Business Services Office, where he served as the Departmental Procurement Officer. In 2012, Monte used his policy and program development skills to assist in the implementation of the State’s Fire Prevention Fee Program.

Between 2013 and 2016, Monte was the Chief of the Business Services Office, providing oversight of a wide range of complex acquisitions, facilities, and property operations. He has also served on various internal and external committees, task forces, and working groups dedicated to State policy overhaul and alignment.