AUBURN — Auburn has reached all the way to Texas for a new fire chief.

A member of the search committee announced Wednesday that Frank Roma, who spent 21 years as an assistant chief in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, will start in Maine in September.

Roma retired from his position in McKinney eight months ago and since has been interim fire chief in nearby Anna, Texas.

The 55-year-old Roma tells the Sun Journal that despite spending the past two decades in Texas, he’s a northeasterner at heart. He grew up in the Philadelphia area and used to spend summers in Maine as a boy.

The position has been empty since Wayne Werts retired in March 2010.

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