(CHATHAM, ON) – A familiar face will soon be leading local fire and paramedic services as Bob Crawford has been appointed as Chatham-Kent’s Fire Paramedic Chief, effective January 15, 2018. Crawford, who was Chatham-Kent’s Fire Chief from 2001 to 2013, will step down from his position as General Manager of Community Development on December 15.
“When we reviewed the needs of the fire and paramedic service, we realized that we needed a unique set of skills and experience,” Don Shropshire, Chatham-Kent’s CAO, said. “I asked Bob Crawford to consider the chief’s job and he accepted. Bob did not apply for this position.”
Shropshire, made the appointment after the municipality had completed the recruitment process to fill the position, which was left vacant when former chief Ken Stuebing was named Fire Chief in Halifax, NS.
“We had some extremely capable applicants, however Chief Crawford had the best set of skills and experience to address our current priorities,” Shropshire said.
Crawford, who has been filling the chief’s position on an interim basis, said he enjoyed his time in community development, but is looking forward to returning to emergency services, where he spent the bulk of his career, which began as a firefighter in North York in 1979.
“I believe we are doing some vital and important work in community development and that work will continue,” Crawford said.
Shropshire said no decision has been made on filling the general manager’s position.