The Municipality Appoints a General Manager of Community Development

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Chief Administrative Officer Don Shropshire today announced the appointment of Bob Crawford as the General Manager, Community Development / Fire and Emergency Services effective June 25, 2012.  Crawford will continue to serve as the Chief, Fire and Emergency Services, a position he has held since 2001.

In addition to providing leadership as Fire Chief, Crawford has also served our community over the years, as a coach, trainer, Scout leader, United Way volunteer and a Rotarian. He has also served as a Director of the Children’s Safety Village and the Cultural Coalition of Chatham-Kent.

Bob Crawford joined the City of North York Fire Department in 1979, and progressed through the ranks to the position of District Chief. In 1997, amalgamation provided a transition to Toronto Fire Services. Working as Chief, Emergency Planning, Research and Development, his responsibilities in that role included strategic and tactical planning, community relations and special operations. Crawford currently serves on the executive board for the Fire Service Section, National Fire Protection Association, and is also past director of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.

Crawford was educated through various universities and colleges, including Laurentian University in Sudbury, Texas A&M University, Canadian Emergency Preparedness College, Ontario Fire College, Michigan State Police College, and Emergency Management Institute in Maryland, USA. He has most recently been working on a Master’s degree in leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Bob has worked with numerous municipal emergency services in communities across Canada and abroad, including Calgary, Chicago, Ottawa, Vancouver, the U.K. and Brazil.

Bob Crawford was born in Toronto and was raised in Etobicoke. He has been married to Deborah for twenty-nine years, and they have three children aged 25, 22, and 20 years. In 2001, the family moved from Mississauga to Chatham-Kent, currently residing in Pain Court.  On the rare occasion when time permits, relaxation includes enjoying the outdoors and travel.

Link to Press Release: The Municipality Appoints a General Manager of Community Development

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