Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko, who came to the department as chief in 2007, will leave the department at the end of the week for a post with a statewide industry group. Sashko, 56, will take over as executive director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, an organization with which he’s worked closely for years.He’d spent his [prior] career with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. He started there in 1979 as a paid-on-call firefighter and worked his way up the ladder, becoming chief in 2002.
In Mundelein, Sashko developed a community emergency response team for disaster planning and relief, helped rewrite the village’s emergency operations plan and created the village’s first citizens fire academy. He also was instrumental in the acquisition and restoration of the village’s first fire truck, an effort that coincided with the village’s centennial in 2009.
A traditional walkout ceremony for Sashko will be held next week at the main fire station. It was delayed so that his two sons, who are firefighters in Mundelein and Naperville, could attend.
Deputy Chief Tim Leidig will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named. Lobaito said he hopes officials will be able to make that decision by August or September.