Stockton fire chief arrested then released on bail
STOCKTON — Fire Chief Erik Newman has been released on bail from the Stanislaus County Jail, one day after his arrest on domestic violence charges originating in Turlock.
Newman, 53, did not answer a call to his cell phone Friday afternoon. His first appearance at Stanislaus County Superior Court is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m on July 19, according to Lupe Alvara, a legal clerk at the court.
A spokesperson at the Stockton Fire Department’s dispatch center said Friday that Deputy Chief Brad Palmer is serving as the acting chief in Newman's absence. Palmer has been with the Stockton Fire Department for more than 21 years, according to his LinkedIn account.
Newman, who had been with the department for four years, has been placed on administrative leave and was scheduled to retire from the Stockton Fire Department on June 30.
The Stockton Police Department arrested Newman on Thursday at City Hall and handed him over to the Turlock police. Newman was held on $50,000 bail.