Former Huntley fire chief on paid leave while under investigation

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Former Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle resigned Aug. 15 for reasons still unknown.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Former Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle resigned Aug. 15 for reasons still unknown.

HUNTLEY – The Huntley Fire Protection District has released little information more than a week after Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle resigned from the district’s top spot and was put on administrative leave.

Caudle resigned as fire chief Aug. 15 and returned to the rank of battalion chief before being placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation,” according to Huntley Fire Protection District documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Officials have not said what they are investigating.

Caudle continues to receive his $119,240 salary while on leave, acting Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said in an email. Ravagnie said he had “no comment on the length of [Caudle’s] leave.”

As fire chief, Caudle’s salary was $149,074 for the 2017-18 budget year, Ravagnie said.

Ravagnie and trustees have declined to comment further on the “personnel matter,” according to a news release sent by the department.

​Caudle, who has been with the district since 1998 and served as chief for five years, declined to comment Tuesday.

A new contract for Caudle in his role as fire chief took effect in May and was set to run through April 2020, documents show.

The Northwest Herald filed a FOIA request Aug. 17 for documents regarding Caudle’s leave or resignation. The request was denied by the department because the records relate to the “public body’s adjudication of employee grievances or disciplinary cases.”

The Huntley Police Department is not involved in any investigation regarding Caudle or the fire department, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Mike Klunk said Tuesday.

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