Franklin finds its new fire chief
The Town of Franklin has selected its new fire chief.
Kevin Rohrer, a current captain with the Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department in Wake County, will take over the post as of May 9, according to Mayor Bob Scott.
A selection committee made up of town human resources director Chad Simons, alderman Patti Abel, town manager Summer Woodard and Franklin firefighter Brian Leopard made the selection from a pool of nine applicants.
The committee narrowed the list to two finalists and brought each in for a meet-and-greet with members of the department in March.
“We are pleased with what Mr. Kevin Rohrer has to offer the Town of Franklin, and Franklin Fire and Rescue in particular,” said Woodard. “We believe his experience as a volunteer in Graham and as a captain with Morrisville Fire and Rescue, along with his education, makes him well suited to lead our combination department into the future. We look forward to having him on board, and we are excited to welcome his family to our beautiful town as well.”
Rohrer has 21 years of professional firefighting experience. He began his career in Graham before moving to Morrisville in 1999. During his tenure in Morrisville, Rohrer designed and implemented the first firefighter agility-training program in the department.
Rohrer has an associate’s degree in accounting from Alamance Community College, as well as both a bachelor’s degree in fire science administration and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf University. Rohrer is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program and the National Fire Academy.
He is also certified in HazMat operations, child safety seat inspections and is a certified first aid instructor.
“We are very pleased to bring Mr. Rohrer aboard, and I personally feel like he is going to be a good fit within the department and the town,” Scott said. “He is a highly qualified candidate for this position and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Rohrer will take over the chief position from interim chief Tim Chavis, who has been serving in that capacity since December 2015, when the town board decided to pursue hiring a full-time fire chief.