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|Cratty Hired as Monmouth Fire Chief
|ORIGINALLY POSTED 8:46pm 8/2/10, UPDATED 6:00am 8/3/10 A face familiar to Galesburg residents will be returning to his old job -- but in a new location.
The City Council in Monmouth Monday night voted unanimously to hire John Cratty to become the city's next fire chief, under a two-year contract and a $65,000 a year annual salary, replacing the retiring Jim Conard as of October first.
Cratty tells WGIL he didn't really want the job at first.
"Actually, I had talked with the city administrator and the mayor about helping them with the selection process for the next chief," Cratty said. "As we got talking about it, it just...they inquired about my interest. I wasn't sure at first, so I told them I'd think about it, and I decided that yeah, I'd try it again for, maybe, a few years."
Cratty says he's encouraged by the youthfulness of the department, and that he hopes to meet frequently with Conard to discuss what can be done, if anything, to improve the department.
Cratty retired from Galesburg's Fire Department last year after over 30 years -- roughly half of which was spent as chief, before the reins were turned over to a former Monmouth Firefighter, in Tom Simkins.
Cratty has been working with the regional Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, and says he doesn't know if he will need to leave that role or not. He says it doesn't take up a lot of his time now.
(Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies, right, greets John Cratty Monday night at Monmouth City Hall. Cratty was hired as Monmouth's next Fire Chief. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|08 03 10 by Newsroom
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