Former Lovettsville mayor Bob Zoldos hasn’t just left his seat on the dais after serving the town for six years, but he’s also leaving Loudoun to become the fire chief for the City of Durham, NC.
Zoldos this week announced that he would be leaving Loudoun, where he was born and raised, to replace Durham Fire Chief Dan Curia, who served as chief for five-and-a-half years. Zoldos will be leaving his job as the deputy chief of the Health, Safety & Wellness Division of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department on Nov. 1 after working there for 25 years. His first day on the job in Durham will be Nov. 13.
“I cannot tell you how honored I am to be trusted with the leadership of such a fine department,” Zoldos wrote in an Oct. 9 Facebook post. “Working for Fairfax has been an honor and a privilege, and I would like to thank everyone who have mentored me and helped me develop over the years.”
Zoldos said that while he is struggling with the thought of leaving Lovettsville, he and his family are looking forward to the new chapter in life. He said that he is committed to being a part of the Lovettsville’s 2019 Oktoberfest and that he might retire in Loudoun one day with his wife, Sherri.
Zoldos was elected as the mayor of Lovettsville in 2012, after Elaine Walker stepping down after 20 years. In that time, he helped lead the town through several development projects that brought in the Lovettsville Square commercial center and hundreds of new residents.
A lifelong resident of Loudoun County, Zoldos worked as an adjunct fire instructor for the county’s Fire and Rescue Services from 1993-2004 after graduating from Penn State. While working with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue for the past 25 years, he has been deployed 11 times for international rescue missions and served as a rescue squad officer at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield said that it’s all of Zoldos’ experience that makes him “a great choice for leading the Durham Fire Department.”
“We felt his extensive leadership experience and on-the-ground know-how was a great fit for Durham,” he said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such talented and dedicated people who provide outstanding public service to this community.”