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Algonquin-LITH fire district to see 2 new board members

Voters in the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District split their ballots Tuesday by electing two people from one slate of candidates and one person from another slate.

According to unofficial vote totals from McHenry and Kane counties, Rick Naatz and Bruce Toussaint won six-year terms on the board.

Tim Moss, with 878 votes, defeated current board President Virgil “Corky” Corless, with 601 votes, for an unexpired two-year term.

Naatz and Toussaint ran on the same slate as Corless.

Moss was on a slate with Joseph Saunders and Natalie Littlefield, both of whom vied for six-year terms.

Naatz garnered 834 votes, Toussaint had 806 votes, Littlefield had 711 votes and Saunders received 652 votes.

Naatz is a current fire district board member. Toussaint formerly was an employee of the fire district for 26 years, and retired as the head of the fire prevention bureau.

Toussaint said he was looking forward to “being able to make good decisions for the district and make it grow and provide the service I know we’re capable of.”

Moss is an Army veteran and works as a paramedic for Rescue Aid
Ambulance Service, based in Lake in the Hills.

“It could be an uphill battle, but I’m used to working with people,” Moss said. “I’m sure we can come to some type of agreement and work together.”

Moss said there were a lot of unanswered questions from current trustees.

“People didn’t feel they had answers to the questions,” Moss said. “I felt that’s what helped me get in there.”

During the campaign, Moss said the board shouldn’t worry about small purchases, and his running mates said the current board members had been micromanaging the department.

Moss said he believes the board needs a job description, just like fire chiefs, battalion chiefs and firefighters have, and to be held accountable.

Naatz said he wasn’t sure how the dynamic of the board would change with Moss taking the two-year term.

“I don’t know Tim,” Naatz said. “I’m willing to work with him. He might bring something ... that we don’t know about.”

Naatz said he looks forward to putting together a strategic plan, working with a new chief and doing as much as possible in the district without raising taxes.

Naatz, Toussaint and Moss will be sworn in in May.

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