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New Algonquin-LITH fire chief will earn $120K under contract

The new fire chief of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will earn $120,000 a year under a contract approved by the fire board.

Patrick Mullen, who is the former St. Charles Fire Department chief, started working for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills department on April 17. His contract was approved on Wednesday.

Mullen’s contract runs through April 30, 2015.

By March of next year, Mullen will have an evaluation. His compensation then will be reviewed by him and the board.

Under the deal, he will receive a district vehicle for official use.

The district also will contribute 4 percent of Mullen’s salary toward a retirement program of his choice.

He will receive five weeks of vacation time a year, 10 sick days and three personal days.

The fire district also will pay for Mullen’s membership dues for five professional organizations: the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the Kane County Fire Chiefs Association and the McHenry County Fire Chiefs Association.

Under the contract, Mullen also receives life and health insurance.

The fire district needed a new chief because its former chief, Kevin Rynders, agreed to resign in January. Mullen was one of 27 people who applied for the job. Six people interviewed.  

Mullen worked for St. Charles from 2007 through November 2012 and retired as the chief. He was with the Naperville Fire Department from 1988 to 2007, and left that department as the assistant chief of operations.

Outgoing fire board President Virgil Corless has said that Mullen has a background working with labor union negotiations and the accreditation process for fire departments.

Patrick Gericke, a retired fire chief, served as the interim chief as the district looked for a full-time replacement.

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