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Roberson named new Fire/EMS chief

Post Date:05/24/2019 10:32 AM

Roberson, SteveA 24-year veteran of the department will be Newton’s next fire/EMS chief.

Deputy Chief Steve Roberson, who joined Newton Ambulance Department in 1995, will take over for Chief Scott Metzler, who is retiring July 1. City Manager Bob Myers announced Roberson’s promotion at a special event Friday at Fire/EMS Station 2.

“We have such great people in our organization, and to have the opportunity to serve as the fire/EMS chief and carry on our tradition of excellence is truly an honor,” Roberson said. “I am privileged to follow in the footsteps of our previous members. These mentors have had great influence on what Newton Fire/EMS is and who I am today.” 

Roberson rose through the ranks at Newton Fire/EMS and has been deputy chief since 2016. He has been committed to continuing education throughout his career, earning associate degrees from Hutchinson Community College and Pratt Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Friends University.

Most recently, he was accepted into the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and is currently a second-year student in the four-year program. 

Metzler described Roberson as uniquely qualified to lead the department’s members in their pursuit of excellence.

“Chief Roberson’s ability to exercise leadership in our department and in our community has had a tremendous impact on our ability to fulfill our mission,” Metzler said. “I’m proud of the work Steve has done, and I’m excited to think about how he’ll guide our members to even greater success.”

Roberson is married to Robyn and has two grown children.