Where the Rails Cross the River
Chillicothe will soon have changes in two key positions within the City as we wish the best to two department leaders who are leaving.
First, Josh Cooper, Public Works superintendent for the past four years, resigned October 6 to pursue other opportunities. The superintendent position is a difficult one, maintaining and repairing the City's water and sewer lines, streets, alleys and other public spaces. It also oversees cemetery operations. Josh brought some good experience to the job, and he and his group always were great in responding to emergencies, including the record flood in 2013.
The second opening occurred with the October 1 retirement of Chillicothe Fire Department Chief John Myers. John served on the department for 51 years, and was chief for the past 13 years. He also was a leader in regional first responder groups like the Peoria Area Fire Chiefs Association and the Peoria County 911 Board, among others. His wealth of knowledge and experience will be missed.
The City already has begun the process of filling these two positions. Fortunately both departments have experienced staff in place to see the City through the transition.
I encourage you to express your appreciation for their service to the City when you see Josh or John.