Stockton fire chief ar­rested then re­leased on bail

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Stockton Record

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.

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