Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that former Fire Chief Micheal Despain will return to Lincoln Fire and Rescue on a contract basis as Interim Chief beginning July 15. Despain served as Lincoln Fire Chief from July 2016 through March 2020, when he retired after a 35-year career in the fire service. He is currently serving in an interim role as the Chief of Rocklin, California's Fire Department, while his family continues to live in Lincoln.