After an eight-month selection process, Robert Wilson has been appointed chief of the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department. In addition to being interviewed several times by a three-person panel, the two candidates for the job, Wilson and Battalion Chief Norbert Schnabel, each worked as acting fire chief for four months. Wilson, who formerly worked as a battalion chief, has been with the department 26 years.
Two new members have been appointed to the Whittier College Board of Trustees. They are Barry W. Uzel, president of the National Bank of California, and Lee Craig McFarland, a mining and metallurgical engineer and chief executive officer of McFarland Energy Inc. of Santa Fe Springs. Uzel is a graduate of Whittier College and president of its alumni association; McFarland is a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Nurse Ranie Hamilton, who received a perfect score of 3,200 points on the national examination for registered nurses, has been sent a letter of congratulations by the executive officer of the state Board of Registered Nursing. A Cerritos College graduate, Hamilton was one of 8,500 nursing candidates who took the test in July. She and one other candidate received a perfect score. A passing score was 1,600. Hamilton, 41, a nurse at Downey Community Hospital since last month, attended Cerritos College part time from 1981 to 1985, receiving an associate of arts degree in nursing before taking the state exam. She is a resident of Downey, is married and has four sons.
T. Michael Murray, executive director of Whittier Hospital Medical Center, has been honored by Summit Health Ltd., parent company of the hospital, as executive director of the year. Murray was honored for starting new programs, conducting major renovations in several departments and the addition of a 5,000-square-foot emergency room during his 2 1/2 years at the hospital.
Three Compton Community College students have been honored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce in Compton. Linda Murillo, Jose Mendoza and Hector Rodriquez each received $200 checks. They were selected from among 25 entrants in a competition that included a written essay, letters of reference and academic grades.
Barbara Haller has been appointed administrator of the Children's Clinic, a nonprofit pediatric outpatient clinic serving children from low-income and indigent families. The clinic is at 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Haller has been a staff worker with United Way and the American Red Cross.
Quentin Pizzini ran the most laps, 32, around the Cal State Long Beach quarter-mile track to raise money for the Long Beach Food Bank in its fifth annual roll-walk-jog-a-thon. Pizzini, of San Pedro, represented the Disabled Resources Center. Two others ran 31 laps each: Dr. Walton Berton, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Long Beach; and Steve Lien, representing Tau Beta Pi engineering society at the university. Rev. Roger Magnuson, chairman of the Food Bank board of directors, said the event raised nearly $10,000.
Gilbert de la Rosa, mayor pro tem of Pico Rivera, has been appointed to a two-year term on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Sister Cities International. The statewide annual spring conference of Sister Cities International will be held April 19 at the Smith Park Recreational Complex in Pico Rivera.