New Fire Chief

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After recently celebrating 30 years with the Orland Fire District, Michael Schofield was sworn in as Fire Chief/Administrator on Tuesday, 3/29/16 by Orland Mayor Daniel McLaughlin. Board President Christopher Evoy spoke of the Board’s confidence in and deep respect for Chief Schofield stating the Board of Trustees is confident he will lead the OFPD in the right direction. Retired OFPD Fire Chief Robert Buhs spoke of the qualities of a Fire Chief and what the Chief’s bugles represent in his conferment speech, and the OFPD’s attorney James Roche spoke about his admiration of the Schofield Family, having worked with Chief Schofield’s mother, the late Margaret Schofield, in her capacity as the OFPD Board President and as a fellow Orland resident. Another former Chief and mentor of Chief Schofield’s, Jack McCastland was in attendance, along with many local fire chiefs who have been friends and have worked with Chief Schofield over the years. The room was filled to capacity with many additional well wishers including former OFPD Trustee Patricia Corcoran, Attorney Burt Odelson, Senator Michael Hastings, former Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman and her husband Jerry Gorman; Village Manager Paul Grimes and many other Village officials; Police Chief Tim McCarthy and much of his Command Staff; Orland Fire District sworn and non-sworn personnel; and Schofield family and friends.