Interim leader nominated as Castle Rock's next fire chief

Town council must ratify the nomination

Posted 9/13/18

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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Interim leader nominated as Castle Rock's next fire chief

Town council must ratify the nomination

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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: 

  • Christopher Bachman, deputy chief of the Pike Township Fire Department, headquartered in Indianapolis. His experience includes positions as deputy chief, fire marshal and captain.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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