Mon, July 22

Joe Moore named Clarkdale fire chief

Chief Joe Moore

Chief Joe Moore

Joe Moore, who has been acting as Interim Chief of the Clarkdale Fire District has been appointed to the post permanently.

During a district board meeting Thursday, the chief's hat was offered to Moore, who has held the interim post since March. At that time the new district's first chief, Don Eberle resigned to launch a fire district in Cortez, Colorado, where he has a home.

"Chief Moore has served us well in the interim," says Fire Board Chairman Jim Elmer. Chief Eberle had recommended him and was confident he would do a good job. He has worked hard to provide a smooth transition and has worked well with other agencies to continue the good level of service expected in the Verde Valley. We are confident that his ambition and knowledge will keep us moving forward."

Moore has lived in the Verde Valley since 1985. He had served five years in the US Marine Corp and worked as a heavy equipment operator and aerial lineman in the family business.

When his children became interested in motocross, he created the Verde Valley Motorplex on SR 260. The track needed an emergency medical technician, so he went to school to become one. It was during training that Moore became interested in fire service.

Moore started as a reserve-firefighter with the Cornville Page Springs District and rose to become a captain/paramedic.

He assisted in the merger of the Cornville district with Verde Rural and became a captain in the merged Verde Valley district.

After a break, he was hired as a captain in the Clarkdale district.

Joe Moore is a board member and a long time volunteer with the Verde Valley Fair. He and wife Kim have volunteered with Hands Across the Border, Bowling for Kids Sake and Relay for Life. He has coached soccer with AYSO and basketball at a local school.