Joseph Gruchawka picked for Kenwood Fire District Board replacement
By Jay Gamel
Kenwood native son Joseph Gruchawka was sworn in as Kenwood Fire Protection District’s newest board member on March 24. He will replace the late Jim Kempers on the five-person board that oversees Kenwood’s first line of emergency responders.
In the absence of applicants for the posted vacancy, the district looked at board applicants who applied when the board was expanded two years ago. Gruchawka was contacted and graciously accepted. He comes with a deep understanding of the district and the people of the community. The son of Peter Gruchawka and Nancy Summers, Joseph grew up in Kenwood, attending Kenwood Elementary School, Sonoma Country Day School, and Exeter Academy in New Hampshire; he also spent a year in Saragossa, Spain. He did his undergraduate study at U.C. Berkeley before attending the University of Colorado law school.
Gruchawka returned to Sonoma County to practice law in Santa Rosa, first working at the law firm of Smith Dollar PC, specializing in wage and hour claims and contract disputes, and then establishing a private practice on his own. He focuses on the areas of labor law, real property disputes, contract disputes, and collections.
“When I’m not zealously representing my clients, I enjoy running in Annadel State Park, having lunch in Old Courthouse Square, and taking in all Sonoma County has to offer,” he says on his website. He will begin participating in district business immediately.