Aurora community inquiry deadline for search for fire chief extended

The deadline for a community survey as part of Aurora’s process to hire a new fire chief has been extended.

CPS HR Consulting, a California-based staffing firm hired by the city, extended the community survey deadline to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, according to a news release.

Community members can complete the survey online at

The community survey launched on October 6 and was promoted on various digital platforms.

On July 15, Fernando Gray, chief of the Aurora Fire Rescue, left the department after serving five years as chief. Gray accepted a chief position with the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department.

CPS HR Consulting specializes in the recruitment and selection of executive-level professionals in municipal, county, state, special district, and nonprofit agencies.

The initial recruitment process is expected to take several more weeks, with formalized interviews with semi-finalists and finalists in December and possibly January, the statement said.

Deputy Chief Allen Robnett, an Aurora native and AFR firefighter for 33 years, serves as acting chief pending the outcome of the hiring process.

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