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Denton names new fire chief

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By Megan Gray-Hatfield

Paulsgrove has led departments in Arlington, Austin

After several weeks of searching nationwide, the city has named Robin Paulsgrove as the new chief of the Denton Fire Department.

Paulsgrove was one of six finalists, and the selection was finalized Friday, city spokeswoman Lindsey Baker said. He will begin his first day Oct. 13, bringing nearly 40 years of public service to the city.

Paulsgrove most recently served as the fire chief and director of emergency management in Arlington from 1997 to 2010.

According to a news release issued by the city on Friday, Paulsgrove began his career as a firefighter in 1976 with the Austin Fire Department and worked his way up to fire chief in 1993.

He is a former chairman of the metropolitan fire chiefs section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a former member of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors.

Paulsgrove has also written numerous articles for magazines and wrote a chapter on fire departments for the World Book Encyclopedia, according to the city.

Former Chief Ross Chadwick announced his retirement in March and stepped down on his 67th birthday in June, after nearly 19 years of service to the city.

Days later, the Denton City Council approved a resolution reappointing Chadwick as the interim fire chief.

In a previous interview, Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune said that in order to keep a level playing field for all the candidates interested in the job, he asked Chadwick to step in for a few months until the search was complete.

“Chief Chadwick and the members of the Denton Fire Department have built a reputation for excellence that is recognized throughout Texas,” Paulsgrove said in a prepared statement. “I am humbled to have been selected for this important assignment and honored to wear the Denton Fire Department uniform.”

Paulsgrove is a certified public manager and earned a bachelor’s in administration at Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s program for state and local government leaders and a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s executive fire officer program.

“Working together, we will honor our rich traditions while eagerly adjusting course to meet the changing needs of our citizens,” Paulsgrove’s statement said. “The safety of Denton firefighters will be my first priority.”

MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.