My name is... Doug Hall

Finding Home in Colorado

Posted 8/27/20

I’m originally from Kentucky. I was raised in small town about 80 miles south of Louisville. I met a young lady through a friend’s sister. The young lady’s father was in the U.S. Army at Ft. …

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My name is... Doug Hall

Finding Home in Colorado

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About me

I’m originally from Kentucky. I was raised in small town about 80 miles south of Louisville.

I met a young lady through a friend’s sister. The young lady’s father was in the U.S. Army at Ft. Knox and he retired shortly after we met and moved to Denver. I moved to Colorado a few months later and we married.

During this time I was hired by the City of Westminster. We divorced and I stayed.

It’s been a wonderful decision to stay. Locally, I have my children and grandchildren, and my wife’s family. All of my family remains in Kentucky. I am blessed with two beautiful granddaughters. They are getting to the age where I can really spoil them. I’m working hard to become an expert in this.

I really enjoy the urban/suburban activities and services and we’re only a few minutes away from nature and wilderness. Bicycling our trail system is wonderful. I love being in the park with my granddaughters. I really enjoy the community, I’ve raised my family in Westminster and I intend to stay in the area after retirement.

Perspective from children

I’m proud of raising three wonderful children who have become outstanding adults and solid contributors in service to others.

Most impactful is the birth of my children and in particular my youngest son. He was born with Down syndrome. Watching him navigate life’s challenges and do so with patience, continual kindness and thoughtfulness of others, and displaying excitement and joy even at 30 years old with all of his life opportunities. Even at his current age, being able to meet Santa Claus is one of his many experiences that refreshes me on what’s really important in life.

From pre-med to firefighter

I was pre-med intending to be a pediatrician. I got a job in a very small community as a police/fire dispatcher. The one on-duty firefighter would come into the dispatch office during the evening and tell tales. I became enthralled, joined the volunteers, and shortly afterwards I realized my dream of becoming a firefighter.

Previously I worked as a fire code/hazardous materials consultant/trainer and got to visit some really neat federal, military, and private facilities typically not open to the public.

Experiencing these more secured facilities from behind the scenes was educational and rewarding. Admittedly a Type-A workaholic, I do spend more time than I probably should exploring various fire service topics when not in the office.

I am privileged to serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Westminster. I have served as Fire Chief for 10 years, with 41 years in the Fire Department. It’s all about service: Service to our community, our residents, and our businesses.

I am really humbled to be of service to the amazing women and men of the Westminster Fire Department. This is a terrific organization and it is a privilege to work in the City of Westminster.

Something resembling golf

I enjoy brisk walks, bicycle riding, and reading. I love reading and enjoy a variety of topics. I am typically reading three to four books, switching between them based on my mood and need.

The only genre I don’t read is science fiction. Currently I’m reading Simon Sinek, Admiral Jim Stavridis (ret.), Emily Littlejohn, and Ryan Holiday.

I do golf, although many of my golf partners would argue that other than carrying golf clubs and riding in a cart what I do in no way resembles golf.

With my competitive sports days over, I’m exploring the world of fishing and hiking. I’ve been slowly moving into pen-turning, but I’ve always been challenged with tools and equipment, so I’m taking it slow. I’ve taken classes and very much enjoy it, it’s just a matter of get[ting] the hang of things.

I am a member of the Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club. It’s another wonderful opportunity to serve Westminster and do so with an outstanding group of people.

Introverted extrovert

Many would be surprised to learn that at my core I’m more introverted than what people experience with me. I think over the years, as I’ve progressed, in my career I’ve seen the need to become more extroverted in my thinking and with my interactions with others. I know after work and after experiencing large gatherings I need some quiet recharge time.

Travel

In earlier times, I travelled throughout the US working as a consultant/trainer. Although I had wonderful experiences, business travel can be draining. I do not miss business travel.

No doubt the best business trip was all expenses paid for a week in Hawaii. Had to work about six hours per day and the rest of the day was R&R. As I near retirement I am beginning to plan for extensive US and international travel, strictly for pleasure.

If I could tell the citizens of Westminster two things, it’d be…

If you think about great cities and communities, present and throughout history, they have one thing in common: an engaged citizenry. For communities to be great you must have citizen engagement. As a resident, if you want Westminster to be great, become engaged with the community. There are a number of opportunities and there is something for everyone. You cannot stand on the sidelines and expect others to do it for you. Be knowledgeable and be engaged.

From a fire safety perspective, residential fire is the number one threat for Westminster residents. Fire safety is a two-way partnership between residents and the Fire Department. Residents must learn to own their residential fire safety issues.

If we could get bar-b-que grills away from combustible siding, stop putting cigarettes out in combustible materials, and never leave cooking pans unattended we could likely reduce home fires by 75%. Residents need to do their part in reducing the threat of home fires.

— Jasleen Batra

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