Castle Rock has announced the top five finalists in its search for the town's next fire chief with a list that includes a mix of new and familiar names. Among the finalists is acting fire chief, …
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Castle Rock has announced the top five finalists in its search for the town's next fire chief with a list that includes a mix of new and familiar names.
Among the finalists is acting fire chief, Norris Croom, who stepped up from his position as deputy chief when Chief Art Morales retired in May.
Morales served 15 years with the town. He retired suddenly, citing health reasons and a desire to leave without drawing much attention.
Croom has served with Castle Rock for 32 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in the 1980s.
The town of roughly 65,000 received more than 100 applications in the nationwide search and narrowed the pool to four names from in and outside Castle Rock in addition to Croom.
• Christopher McCarthy, division chief of training for Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. He's been with Castle Rock since 2002 and previously served with the City of New York Fire Department.
• Christopher Bachman, deputy chief of the Pike Township Fire Department, headquartered in Indianapolis. His experience includes positions as deputy chief, fire marshal and captain.
• Jerrod Vanlandingham, deputy public safety chief for the City of Longmont. He has served with the City of Longmont since 1995.
• Michael Vogel, deputy fire chief for the City of Arlington, Texas. He's been with Arlington Fire and Rescue since 1998.
Castle Rock scheduled a community forum on Sept. 5 for residents to hear from each candidate and provide written feedback. The chief will be appointed by Town Manager David Corliss. Town council must approve his appointment, which will likely come in mid-September, according to a town news release.
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