Retired Middletown radio broadcaster and Cromwell Police Dispatcher Ed Creem has announced his candidacy for a vacant seat on the South Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.
A special election will be held on March 25 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation last month of Commissioner Joseph Sarcia. Creem recently submitted his notice of candidacy letter to the Fire District.
Creem is a longtime attendee at South Fire District Commission meetings and frequently comments on district activities during the public comment portion of the meetings. He recently served as a citizen member of the Fire District’s Bylaws Committee.
He has resided in the South Fire District since 1990 and has been a property owner in the district going back to 1984 when the corporation he headed purchased the former WCNX Radio Station. During his time at WCNX, Creem held the dual roles of president/general manager and news director.
Since retiring from WCNX in the early 1990s after 35 years in radio and television broadcasting, Creem has had two additional, overlapping careers.
Throughout the 1990s, Creem worked for first as a residential agent in the Middletown office and later as a specialist in the firm’s Corporate Relocation Department in Shelton, where he was responsible for all corporate owned and bank foreclosed properties in New Haven County and portions of Middlesex County.
In 1994 Creem joined the Cromwell Police Department as a dispatcher. He was the senior dispatcher when he retired from full-time work six years ago, although he still is employed on a part-time basis. Creem has deep roots in emergency service, having spent 20 years as an EMT with a large Volunteer Ambulance Service in Westchester County, N.Y.
He also served as the agency’s president and board chairman for many years and as vice chairman of both the Westchester County and Hudson Valley Regional EMS Councils.
Creem, who has a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, is a native of Waterbury. His varied career has included stints as a daily television host in Burlington, Vt., as a local news reporter in Vermont, New York and Connecticut, several years as manager of the largest FM radio station in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley and a dozen years as co-owner of a fast food restaurant.
He also has held elective office as a City Councilman in Peekskill, N.Y., where overseeing the budget of the City’s Fire Department was part of council responsibilities.
Creem is married to Cheryl Harris Creem, a former employee of the South Fire District, and whose roots in the South Fire District go back multiple generations.