NorvielMayor Sally A. Faith has announced the appointment of George W. Sheets as the next fire chief of the City of Saint Charles Fire Department. Sheets has more than thirty-six years of fire and emergency medical service experience, serving twenty-two of those years as a fire chief. He joins the Saint Charles Fire Department from the Village of Oak Lawn, Illinois Fire and Rescue Department serving concurrently under an innovative and creative “shared” fire chief concept for two separate communities. Sheets will begin his new position on Monday, July 16, 2018.
“After conducting a national search, Saint Charles is welcoming a highly skilled, highly educated and very experienced fire service executive in George Sheets who will lead our fire department,” said Mayor Faith.
“George transformed our Fire Department, held costs in check. Worked well with our board and management team, implemented innovative changes that enhanced services for residents and did so with grace and professionalism under very stressful conditions. He is well respected in our community and I know he will make a wonderful Chief in yours,” said Sandra Bury, Mayor of Oak Lawn, Illinois.
“I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to lead a well-respected fire department in a city where my fire service career essentially began,” said incoming Fire Chief Sheets. “As fire chief, I look forward to getting to know the men and women of the Saint Charles Fire Department, as well as working in partnership with the community and its leaders.”
Sheets has a master’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He is also one of only 950 fire service professionals in the country to hold the prestigious Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Sheets is also a recipient of a namesake award in his honor by the Firefighters Union for his innovation, creativity and communication skills.
Sheets is married to his wife Angela. They have two children Robbie, 23 and Gabby, 16.