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Carbondale fire chief announces his retirement

Fire Chief John Michalesko at a groundbreaking for the new fire station in 2013. (Photo: KFVS) Fire Chief John Michalesko at a groundbreaking for the new fire station in 2013. (Photo: KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

After more than 35 years with the city, Carbondale Fire Chief John Michalesko has announced his retirement, effective on Sept. 11.

Carbondale City Manger Kevin Baity has named Assistant Fire Chief Steve McBride as the interim fire chief. He will continue his current command staff duties and attend to the immediate needs of the role for interim fire chief until the position can be permanently filled.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Carbondale from the beginning as a fire fighter up through the ranks to that of fire chief," Michalesko said.

City Manager Baity announced that the new fire chief will be promoted from within and there are two, well-qualified assistant fire chiefs who have indicated a desire to seek the position: Assistant Chiefs Ted Lomax and Doug Biggs.

"Last week I met with Chief Michalesko and three assistant chiefs and discussed the selection process," Baity said. "Due to this being an in-house selection, the process and timeline for announcement should be rather quick. I anticipate naming a new fire chief in October."

According to Baity, Lomax and Biggs have a combined 50 plus years of firefighting experience and 24 years of command staff experience.

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