Village of Peoria Heights board confirms 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.