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Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy to retire, assistant chief to take over

PEORIA (HOI) – Peoria Fire Department Chief, Ed Olehy, will be retiring from the fire department at the end of the month. That’s according to Assistant Chief Tony Ardis. Ardis said he will be taking over Olehy’s chief role, selected by the City Manager.

The City of Peoria said Olehy has been with Peoria Fire for 31 years and served as chief for just under two. Before his time as chief he was also Division Chief of Operations for four years and served as assistant chief for two years. The city also credited Olehy for helping the department become accredited and implementing mandatory washing of turnout gear after every fire and wearing breathing masks, in an effort to reduce cancer risk.

As for the incoming chief, Ardis joined the department in 1994 and has held several leadership positions within the department and Firefighters Local 50. The city said Ardis helped negotiate several contracts for the department. Ardis will take over as chief on November 30th.

In a press release, City Manager Patrick Urich thanked Olehy for his service, stating “Chief Olehy dedicated his career to the Peoria Fire Department, always looking for ways to improve service to the public
while working tirelessly to increase safety measures for the members of the Fire Department. I
wish him the best in retirement and look forward to working with Chief Ardis when he assumes
the leadership of the department.”

Molly Jirasek

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