Bruce Kroon, a veteran fire service chief officer with more than 26 years of experience, will become the City of Bothell’s next Fire Chief, effective Sept. 18. Kroon was selected after a national search.
“I’m very excited to have Bruce join us to lead the City’s Fire and EMS Department,” said Jennifer Phillips, City Manager for the City of Bothell. “He brings a collaborative leadership style and significant local experience in the fire service.”
Kroon drafted the original interlocal agreement for the East Metro Training Group, formally establishing the consortium that now serves more than a dozen local fire departments. He is also a founding member of Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation, a non-profit that supports firefighters and their families.
Many things drew Kroon to Bothell, including the city’s neighborhood feel and the department’s strong reputation.
“I knew it was a good department and that it was part of an Eastside group that worked well together,” Kroon said on a recent visit to Bothell. That collaboration, in addition to Bothell’s location, were key.
Kroon most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Spokane Valley Fire Department, which serves a population of 125,000 and 75 square miles. He also served 20 years with the Bellevue Fire Department. A graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, Kroon has a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.
Kroon has been splitting his time between Spokane and Woodway, where his wife, Therese (Tee) lives. The couple has four adult children, ranging in ages from 18 to 29, and two dogs.
Kroon replaces Bob Van Horne, who retired in May.