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Village of Peoria Heights board confirms new fire chief

The U.S. flag flies on a flagpole in front of the Peoria Heights fire station and village hall.
Joe Deacon
The Peoria Heights Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the hiring of Dan Decker as the community's new fire chief.

The village of Peoria Heights Board of Trustees approved a candidate for fire chief Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, the board confirmed Dan Decker to the position. Decker is a former assistant chief at the East Peoria Fire Department and a current East Peoria City Council member.

Peoria Heights Mayor Mike Phelan said there were two board members absent from the vote: Matt Wigginton and Jeff Goett. However, he said he has "every reason to believe" they would have voted to approve the hiring.

Decker's hiring follows a months-long search, as the village considers changing the structure of the primarily volunteer department.

Phelan said Decker started work on a full department needs assessment Wednesday morning.

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Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.