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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Wheaton Fire Chief Retiring July 1

Bill Schultz

The City of Wheaton would like to express its appreciation for longtime Fire Chief William Schultz, who will be retiring from the City of Wheaton on July 1, 2022. 

Chief Schultz’s extensive career in serving the public began as a firefighter for the Country Club Hills Fire Protection District in 1988. In 1991, he became a firefighter/paramedic with the Hazel Crest Department of Fire, Rescue and Inspectional Services, where he was promoted to Lieutenant/Paramedic and served as Inspectional Service Coordinator. In 2003, the City of Wheaton hired Schultz as a Battalion Chief, where he was subsequently promoted to Deputy Fire Chief, then Fire Chief in 2013. He assumed additional responsibilities as Director of Building & Code Enforcement in 2019. 

“Having worked with Bill for the past 19 years, I am thankful for his dedication to keeping our community safe,” said City Manager Michael Dzugan. “Whether it was leading the City’s emergency medical services and firefighters through a pandemic, planning for any type of disaster, or responding to thousands of emergency calls, Bill has demonstrated excellence and integrity. He leads fantastic departments that are well-equipped to continue serving the Wheaton community with top-level services.”  

Schultz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Governors State University. 

Assistant Fire Chief Pete Vassios will serve as Acting Fire Chief from July 2 until the position of Fire Chief is filled, and Building Inspector Tom Corrigan will be appointed Acting Building Director from July 2 until the Building Director position is filled. The City of Wheaton will be assisted in its search for a new fire chief by GovHR, and the Human Resources Department will be recruiting the new Director of Building and Code Enforcement. 

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