Fire chief retires; no rush for replacement

Fire chief Neill Moroz has retired from Kamloops Fire Rescue.
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Kamloops' fire chief has handed in his resignation and announced his retirement after more than 25 years on the squad.

Chief Neill Moroz has been fire chief with Kamloops Fire Rescue since 2009 and rose through the ranks in Kamloops through close to 28 years.

Moroz went on personal leave in early May, and informed City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin of his decision not to return about a week and a half ago.

Trawin said Moroz left for personal reasons.

"He asked me not to share them," he said. "That would be up to him."

InfoTel News is awaiting contact with Moroz.

In the meantime, Trawin said meetings are underway to discuss the hiring of a new chief.

"The posting went out Friday," he said.

The City is working with management from the fire department to determine what comes next.

Decisions must be made on whether to promote from within or hire externally. Typically the department has chosen the former.

"Part of the questions we'll ask the entire group is whether we should continue that way," Trawin said.

He did, however, say that there is no rush to hire anyone..

"We have very good managers in place right now," he said. "We want to make sure we get the right person in."

Trawin noted multiple changes within the department since Moroz took on the role as top firefighter including a new firehall in Aberdeen and a fire strategy plan expected to help guide the department for the next 20 years.

"We're looking for somebody to keep that going."

The RCMP are also currently hiring a new chief of police after the January announcement of Yves Lacasse's retirement to join KGHM International, the company behind the proposed gold and copper mine in Kamloops.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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