ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Fire Department Chief Joseph Schelstreet has announced he will be retiring from his post next month.
Schelstreet, who has served as fire chief since 2013, will retire Oct. 4. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Swanson has been named acting fire chief.
Schelstreet joined the St. Charles Fire Department full time in 1988 as a firefighter. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1992, captain in 1997 and assistant chief in 2003.
He served as acting fire chief in 2012 before stepping into the chief role permanently in 2013.
“Joe is a hometown guy who has served his community well for many years,” St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said in a news release from the city. “He has worked hard to make sure our citizens receive the finest fire safety and emergency medical services. I am grateful for this commitment and dedication to the St. Charles community and I appreciate the professionalism he exhibited during his tenure.”
Under Schelstreet’s leadership, the St. Charles Fire Department has earned national and international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, the release stated. The city of St. Charles also was awarded an elite Class 1 Fire Protection rating from the Insurance Services Office and was named a StormReady community by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service, according to the release.
The city’s Emergency Management Agency also was accredited through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. In addition, Schelstreet increased collaboration with neighboring fire departments and emergency services agencies through the nationally accredited Tri-City Ambulance service, the release stated. And Schelstreet himself earned individual designation as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Swanson joined the St. Charles Fire Department full-time in 1988. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1992, captain in 2003, battalion chief in 2009 and assistant fire chief in 2013.
Swanson also previously served as acting fire chief in 2007, during the transition between previous fire chiefs.