The Beloit Fire Department didn’t have to look far for its new leader, as the Beloit Police and Fire Commission promoted interim chief Daniel Pease following meeting on Friday morning.
The commission voted unanimously to approve hiring Pease as chief after meeting in closed session for just under 10 minutes.
Earlier in the week the PFC interviewed finalists Pease and Crystal Lake, Illinois Fire Rescue Department Deputy Chief Christopher Olsen.
“I am excited and I look forward to continuing to move the department forward,” Pease told commissioners. “The department knew for a long time that it needs to be improved and it’s a very exciting time for all of us. Pease was named interim chief last summer after it was announced chief Brad Liggett was departing for the chief’s position in Freeport, Illinois.
Beloit PFC President Mardell Jacobsen said Pease had the commission’s “full support.”