TREMONTON – By Cari Doutre – November 17, 2020
There’s been a big change in leadership for the Tremonton City Fire Department as a long-time member of the volunteer fire department is out and a new member is in.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, members of the Tremonton City Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-49, formally appointing Robert LaCroix, from California, to serve as the Tremonton City Fire Chief. LaCroix will start Nov. 30, as the city’s new full-time fire chief – a paid position.
Steve Batis previously held the position of the city’s fire chief for 16 years but is no longer a member of the Tremonton City Fire Department. During Tuesday night’s city council meeting it was not discussed when Batis officially left the department or why. He spent 40 years as a firefighter on the department.
“Tremonton City is profoundly grateful for the years of service of Steve Batis and all the other firefighters for their commitment to community service and public safety. With Chief Batis, these individuals have protected property, provided life-saving services and made an indelible impact throughout Tremonton and the Bear River Valley,” stated Shawn Warnke, Tremonton City Manager, in a statement to The Valley Headliner – BRVNEWS.com
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According to Tremonton City’s Resolution 20-49 (which can be found in full below), it states that the city went through a hiring process for the position of Tremonton City Fire Chief that included an interviewing panel, testing and background checks and “interviews many outstanding candidates including Robert LaCroix,” the resolution stated.
“Robert LaCroix has excellent and progressive knowledge, skills, and abilities as a firefighter, paramedic, and supervisor,” the resolution added. “Robert LaCroix has demonstrated interpersonal and management skills necessary to lead the Tremonton City Fire Department and protect and serve the citizens of Tremonton City.”