Kane County Seeks Appointees to 8 Fire Protection District Boards

Kane County Seeks Appointees to 8 Fire Protection District Boards

Did you know that a lot of fire protection district boards in Kane County are appointed by the County Board chairman, with the consent of the County Board?

This little piece of information might fall under the category of Civics 101, but there’s a real and urgent need that goes along with it.

Trustees are appointed for three-year terms, with one of the three expiring every year. In addition to that, sometimes trustees move or resign before there term is up. Both of these result in the need for the county to have a pool of applicants for consideration for each fire district.

If you want to help support fire fighting and saving lives in your community, there’s no better way than to serve on one of the eight fire protection districts in Kane County that have appointed boards.

“There’s a present and ongoing need for people to serve on fire protection districts in Kane County,” said Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the Kane County Development & Community Services Department. “It’s a great way for people to get involved in and support their community, and these are some of the most important positions for protecting the safety of your family, friends and neighbors.”

What Do Trustees Do?

Fire protection district trustees legally constitute the corporate authority of the district, and exercise all of the powers and control all the affairs and property of the district per 70 ILCS 705/ Fire Protection District Act.

There are three to five total board members who typically oversee operations, appoint the fire chief and designate such volunteers and career staff essential to carry out the responsibilities of the fire district.

How Do I Apply For a Trustee Position?

Interested in being appointed? The process is easy.

Send a letter of interest to Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134, and include the following information:

  • Name and address
  • Name of the fire protection district you reside in
  • A statement of why you would like to serve as a trustee of the fire protection district and confirming your willingness to attend trustee training sessions conducted by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts
  • Your resume

An interview in person or by phone may be conducted.

For a list of board appointees and their terms, see Page 13 of this PDF, which you can find on the homepage of the Kane County website.

Not sure what fire district you reside in? Look at your recently mailed property tax bill on the list of taxing bodies.

Kane County Fire Districts With Appointed Trustees

SOURCE: Kane County Development & Community Services Department