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Lompoc Fire Chief Alicia Welch addresses colleagues, members of the community and city staff during her swearing-in ceremony at the Aug. 17, 2021, City Council meeting.

Lompoc Fire Chief Alicia Welch has been placed on administrative leave after she was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence following an incident in Cambria, according to officials on May 31.

Welch, 55, was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail at 11:42 p.m. May 29, according to records. A sheriff's official did not immediately respond to requests for information, although prior to her arrest, sheriff's dispatch logs show deputies responded to a report of spousal abuse in the 7200 block of Moonstone Drive. The report was the only domestic violence-related dispatch in Cambria that Saturday, according to logs. 

Lompoc City Manager Dean Albro confirmed Welch was placed on paid leave following an incident in San Luis Obispo County but did not provide details. 

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