“Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets will have full responsibility over the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, but staffing remains the job of the Chicago Ridge mayor and trustees, according to an agreement approved by each village board.
The SouthtownStar obtained copies of the agreement through Illinoisâ€™ freedom of information law.
Under the unusual arrangement, approved by Chicago Ridge on July 15 and Oak Lawn on July 8, Sheets will have â€œall of the traditional powers and authoritiesâ€ and will be in charge of â€œall personnel, equipment, apparatus and staff vehiclesâ€ for the Chicago Ridge department through 2016.
Its staffing â€œshall continue to be the sole and exclusive responsibilityâ€ of the mayor and trustees, but Sheets is in charge of discipline of fire personnel, the agreement states. Continue to Full Article>>>