City hires new fire chief

Lindroth was company officer with Poudre Fire Authority

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— The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday it has hired Ron Lindroth, company officer with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, as its new fire chief.

The hiring is part of a reorganization of city government splitting fire and police services into two separate departments. The two currently are combined under the Public Safety Department. City Manager Jon Roberts said that will continue until Lindroth starts working for the city Nov. 1.

"At that point, we will implement the change," Roberts said.

Lindroth then will lead the Fire Department, which includes emergency medical services, and Public Safety Director J.D. Hays will serve as the chief of police.

City Manager Jon Roberts decided on the reorganization - approved by City Council - after former Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble left the city to become the Routt County Emergency Management Director this spring.

"I am very excited about the prospect of being fire chief for the city of Steamboat Springs," Lindroth said in a news release. "My initial goal will be to meet with the firefighters and affiliated stakeholders to determine what Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is doing well, what areas we may need to improve, and what I as fire chief can do to support Fire Department members in their ability to provide prompt, skillful and compassionate services to citizens and guests of Steamboat."

Lindroth was chosen from a field of 55 applicants. An interview committee including Roberts, city Human Resources Manager John Thrasher, Hays and other county fire officials aided in the selection process.

"I was very impressed with Ron, especially his knowledge of wildland fires and bark beetles," Roberts said Thursday. "We're very excited about the direction he will lead this department."

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