Prior to running for mayor in 2008, Zaragoza served for 39 years with the Vestavia Hills Fire Department, including 10 years as fire chief. He retired from the department in June 2008 in order to run for mayor. He was succeeded as fire chief by Jim St John.
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- Singleton, III, William C. (June 2, 2008) "James St. John to lead Vestavia Hills Fire Department as chief." The Birmingham News
- Singleton, III, William C. (July 17, 2008) "Zaragoza will be mayor of Vestavia Hills." The Birmingham News
- Singleton, III, William C. (July 18, 2008) "Zaragoza primed for mayoral post in Vestavia Hills as lone rival exits race." The Birmingham News
- Singleton, III, William C. (May 6, 2011) "Vestavia mayor reassures Cahaba Heights on recovery." The Birmingham News