John Vidovich is the newest member of the Board since August 2018. He recently retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department after 36 years of service. He promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, and served as the Fire Marshal for the City of Los Angeles. His experience, knowledge and leadership skills, has proven to be some of his strongest assets.
On December 14, 1980, he was hired by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). He previously achieved the positions of Firefighter, Inspector, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief.
Chief Vidovich has been involved in his community for many years. He supports many organizations and sits on many committees and boards. His involvement within the San Pedro area still continues today. Some of his community involvement includes: past board member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Twenty Two year Board member of the Los Angeles Harbor Boys and Girls Club, member of the Los Angeles City Park Advisory Board, coach of Palos Verdes Girls softball, baseball coach at Bogdanovich Park, member of the San Pedro Elks Lodge and Dalmatian American Club.
Chief Vidovich’s professional affiliations include: Member, National Fire Protection Association, Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Member California State Firefighters Association, Member, Los Angeles City Firefighters Association, where is served as President for two years.
Chief Vidovich received numerous accolades during his service to the City. In, 2007, he was recognized by the Human Relations Committee as a “Positive Influencer”, to his peers and supervisors. In 2006, he received the Spirit Award of Los Angeles Award from Mayor Villaraigosa for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty for his Exemplary Efforts in the 2005 Landslides. In 2004, he received the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Award for streamlining Construction Services Plan Check and Inspection processes and the Los Angeles City Council awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation for Navigating Adaptive Resuse Projects through the Permitting System. The Adapt Reuse of old buildings has transformed downtown Los Angeles. Once again in 2015, Mayor Garcetti recognized the Chief Vidovich with two Civic Innovation Awards for making buildings safer in Los Angeles with the use of technology and again streamlining building processes.
Chief Vidovich was born in Torrance, California on December 1, 1960. In 1978, Chief Vidovich graduated from San Pedro High School. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Management from California State University, Sacramento. He also is holds numerous certification in public safety emergency management as well as attended Loyola Marymount University’s prestigious Martin Gang Institute program.
Chief Vidovich has spent his entire life in the San Pedro area where he currently resides with his family. His wife Christine, is a graduate of the University of Southern California and George Washington University. They have been married for 25 years and their three daughters, Emily a San Pedro High school graduate attends the George Washington University in Washington D.C., Anna, and a POLA High school graduate attends the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey where she is on the soccer team and Megan, a senior at POLA High School. Both Anna and Megan played for POLA soccer team which won the City Soccer Championship in 2017.