Steamboat fire Chief Ron Lindroth is top pick for Montana position |

Steamboat fire Chief Ron Lindroth is top pick for Montana position

Ron Lindroth

Ron Lindroth may be on his way out as the chief of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue.

"The board unanimously decided to enter into negotiations with Ron Lindroth to be fire chief for the Central Valley Fire District," Central Valley board Chairman Gene Spranget said after the board met Tuesday night. "Of all the people interested, he stood out the best. He was definitely the best fit."

The fire district is in Belgrade, Mont. Lindroth, along with three others, was a finalist for the chief position.

The potential departure of the fire chief comes amid renewed efforts to consolidate the rural Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District with services offered by the city of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Fire Rescue provides services in the city limits and to the rural fire district, which surrounds the city. Lindroth reports to the district's board of directors and the city.

When reached before Tuesday night's meeting, Lindroth said he would have to discuss the Central Valley board's decision with his bosses before speaking publicly about the potential new job.

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Lindroth became Steamboat's fire chief in November 2009. Previously, Lindroth was an officer with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins. He was hired after a nationwide search that included 55 candidates.

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