(70 ILCS 705/16.04b)
Appointment of fire chief.
Notwithstanding any other provision in this Act, after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, a person shall not be appointed as the chief, the acting chief, the department head, or a position, by whatever title, that is responsible for day-to-day operations of a fire protection district for greater than 180 days unless he or she possesses the following qualifications and certifications:
(1) Office of the State Fire Marshal Firefighter
Basic Certification or Firefighter II Certification; Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Officer I and II Certifications; and an associate degree in fire science or a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college; or
(2) a minimum of 10 years' experience as a
firefighter in the fire protection district of the jurisdiction making the appointment.
This Section applies to fire protection districts that employ firefighters hired under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-425, eff. 8-25-17.)