Mr. Belville previously served as chief in San Mateo and Foster City. His 36-year career also included a stint in San Carlos. He steps into the district's lead position after the first interim chief, retired firefighter Douglas Sporleder, finished serving on Aug. 30, according to the district.
The fire district board also granted Chief Schapelhouman an unpaid leave of absence through Jan. 5, 2014. A fall at his San Jose home in May has left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. The chief said he recently visited the fire district with an occupational therapist to start planning his eventual return to work.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.