The Doings Brook Chuck Fieldman:
“Oak Brookâ€™s search for a new fire chief is coming to an end.
Village President Gopal Lalmalani is scheduled to make an appointment of the villageâ€™s next fire chief at the April 8 Village Board meeting. The board will vote whether to approve the appointment.
Oak Brook received more than 60 applications for the fire chiefâ€™s job, said Trustee Mike Manzo, who headed a committee handling the search for a new chief.
â€œWe narrowed it down to five people for Gopal to choose from,â€ Manzo said, adding two of the final five currently work for the Oak Brook Fire Department. â€œI was impressed with the pool of candidates we had. It was a very impressive group, and even chiefs from other departments had some very good things to say about Oak Brookâ€
The new chief will replace Tom McEllin, who retired Nov. 15, 2013. McEllin was hired in 1981 by the village as a firefighter-paramedic and became chief in 2009. Battalion Chief Gary Clark has been serving as acting chief since McEllinâ€™s retirement. Â Full story continued…