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Former Huntley fire chief secondary employment included acting for 'Chicago Fire,' 'Chicago Med'

Former Fire Chief Ken Caudle
Former Fire Chief Ken Caudle

HUNTLEY – Beyond his secondary employment as a part-time police officer, former Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle also spent time working as an extra for “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” TV shows he began acting in at the end of 2013.

The fire district’s attorney Stephen DiNolfo said when Caudle signed his contract in May, he did not tell the board then that he was also working on TV – despite the clause on his contract against secondary employment.

Caudle said he did not tell the board or get permission to work as an extra on set, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act.

“And I don’t really call it a job,” Caudle said. “It’s a hobby. ... Anything that ever happens, I just take a vacation day. It’s really been – since 2013, it’s only been nine times. So it doesn’t happen that often, maybe once or twice a year.”

Caudle said he told district Treasurer Fred Olson and Trustee Jim Saletta of his acting roles while driving them to the airport July 26 with their wives.

“I did talk to them [the wives] quite extensively about it,” Caudle said. “They had a lot of questions about the acting world, and you know, sets and stuff like that.”

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