Interim public safety director named

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — City leaders appointed an interim public safety director.

Commander Christopher Yates will fill Larry Thomason’s shoes starting Saturday. Thomason is retiring Friday after serving the city for nearly 50-years. Yates will fill in as interim for 60-days.

The police and fire boards unanimously appointed him about noon, Thursday. The mayor says Yates has more than 20-years of experience to bring to the position. After that, it’s unclear what will happen.

It’s because acting Mayor Rickey Williams hopes to split up the position into separate chief positions for fire and police.

The fire department has two assistant fire chiefs and an acting fire chief. The fire chief position has to be worked out in contract negotiations with the firefighters’ union.

The mayor originally said, in January, he hopes to make some progress on splitting up the public safety director issue by the end of March, but now it seems like that idea will have to wait until after the election.

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