SAVOY, Ill. (WCIA) — Fire Chief Michael Forrest is retiring.
This came as a surprise for people who live there.
Sources close to Forrest say he was asked to retire, and wasn’t planning on it at this time. He has led the department for more than 30 years.
WCIA 3 News was told that several members of the fire department were not happy at the time of the announcement. At a village board meeting Wednesday night, more than a dozen members of the department showed up to voice their frustration with what they called a lack of communication.
The members who spoke at the meeting asked to be a part of the selection process going forward.
“You guys all want what’s best for the village,” Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Leevey said. “And that’s the same thing as many people sitting in this room. We all want what’s best for the village. And that’s the important thing.”
The interim fire chief will be Lon Pitcher, a former lieutenant of the Champaign Fire Department and long-time fireman.
Pitcher served with Champaign for 42 years.
He’s also served as a Savoy volunteer firefighter for nearly four years and will serve until the department’s new chief is confirmed.