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Schelstreet to be St. Charles' next fire chief

ST. CHARLES – Joe Schelstreet has served as St. Charles' acting fire chief since November, and on Monday his leadership is expected to become permanent.

The St. Charles City Council that night is expected to consider Schelstreet's appointment to fire chief, a position last held by Patrick Mullen.

Mayor Ray Rogina called it a wonderful nomination.

"Personally, I couldn't ask for a better guy," Rogina said.

Schelstreet was unavailable for comment, as his voicemail indicated he is out of the office this week.

City Administrator Brian Townsend announced the nomination on his blog, Inside St. Charles. In it, he wrote that Schelstreet meets the qualifications and has provided exemplary service to the department and community for many years.

According to the blog, Schelstreet joined the fire department in 1988 as a firefighter. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1992, captain in 1997 and assistant chief in 2003.

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