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Huntley Fire Protection District promotes Acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie

Ravagnie says he hopes to move department past Caudle investigation

At a special meeting Thursday night, trustees of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board approved the promotion of Acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie to chief.
At a special meeting Thursday night, trustees of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board approved the promotion of Acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie to chief.

HUNTLEY – Huntley Acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie was promoted to chief Thursday after the resignation of former Chief Ken Caudle.

Trustees of the Huntley Fire Protection District Board approved the promotion at a special meeting Thursday night.

Moving past an ongoing investigation into Caudle is one of Ravagnie’s goals for the district, he said.

“I don’t know how to say it, but we need to move forward,” Ravagnie said.

He also hopes to find a new location for the district’s main station and will be looking at response times for the residents, he said.

Ravagnie has worked for the district since 1992, moving up the ranks over the years. He grew up in Huntley and has lived there since 1986.

“I started my career here in Huntley; I got paid on call and went through the ranks,” Ravagnie said. “It’s been pretty cool. I’m very excited, and it’ll be a good challenge.”

Caudle continues to earn a salary of $119,240 while on leave. The Huntley Fire Protection District is conducting an ongoing investigation into something officials won’t talk about.

Caudle submitted a letter of resignation to the board Aug. 11, returned to his last commissioned rank of battalion chief and was placed on administrative leave, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

A promotional ceremony will be held for Ravagnie at the board’s next scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at 11118 Main St., Huntley.

Ravagnie’s new contract still needs to be finalized by trustees, and it was not ready to be released Thursday, district officials said.

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