Castle Rock may now know who the next fire chief will be. Town Manager David Corliss announced Sept. 13 he is recommending acting Chief Norris Croom for the permanent position. Former Chief Art …
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Castle Rock may now know who the next fire chief will be.
Town Manager David Corliss announced Sept. 13 he is recommending acting Chief Norris Croom for the permanent position. Former Chief Art Morales retired after 15 years with the department.
“I believe Norris is the right candidate to continue CRFD's tradition of excellence,” Corliss said in an emailed statement. “He's got the skills, abilities and knowledge to keep Castle Rock Fire and Rescue at the forefront of the profession, and to continue pursuit of the department's vision of being the best at providing emergency and prevention services.”
Croom had served as deputy chief under Morales and was one of two finalists who came from within the town's fire department. He's accumulated 32 years in fire and rescue, starting as a volunteer firefighter with Castle Rock in 1986.
Through the years, he served in numerous capacities with the fire department, including hazardous materials, emergency management and training and operations.
He's served as a chief officer for two decades.
The appointment will not be official until town council ratifies Corliss' recommendation. The council's next meeting is Sept. 18.
“I'm very honored and humbled to be selected as Castle Rock's next Fire Chief,” Croom said in a statement. “We have established a great team within the department, and without their support, I would not be in this position today.”
Four other finalists were considered for the role. They were:
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