NORFOLK, Neb. -- A northeast Nebraska fire department is getting new leadership.

The City of Norfolk announced Friday that Tim Wragge has been named as the next Norfolk fire chief.

“Tim’s community-oriented leadership approach and experience for the past 19 years with the Norfolk Fire Division make him an ideal fit as the City’s next Fire Chief. Under his leadership, I look forward to seeing our well-respected and trusted Fire Division staff continue to provide a high level of service to Norfolk,” said Andy Colvin, City Administrator.

“I am very confident and fully believe Chief Wragge has the best interests of the Fire Division and the citizens it serves as the highest of priority and have no doubt he will do his absolute best to position Norfolk Fire & Rescue for success today and in the future,” said former Fire Chief and new Assistant City Administrator, Scott Cordes.

Wragge was chosen from four candidates to become Norfolk's 23rd fire chief in the 137th year of the Norfolk Fire Division. He's worked for the Norfolk Fire Division for nearly 19 years.

 “With an extensive background in Fire and Rescue and forward-looking approach to community growth, Tim Wragge is well positioned to lead the Norfolk Fire Division.  He’s played a key role in building a culture of excellence within the Division and will continue to do so as Fire Chief,” said Mayor Josh Moenning.

Starting out as a firefighter and paramedic, he also served as a fire inspector and lieutenant before being promoted to assistant fire chief in 2015.

Wragge and his wife Erin have two children and reside in Battle Creek. He will begin his new duties on Sept. 1.