Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Brandon Dyer, a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department who has served as Dolton’s part-time fire code inspector for the past two years, was appointed acting fire chief Monday night following the resignation of Pete McCain.

Mayor Riley Rogers said Dyer would work between 24 and 30 hours per week at an hourly rate commensurate to a $90,000 annual salary while maintaining his full-time role with the Chicago Fire Department. Unlike the outgoing chief — a full-time employee who receives health and pension benefits — Dyer will receive neither.

McCain, who had served as Dolton’s fire chief since May 2015, will remain with the department as a fire engineer and training, safety and fire prevention officer. He said that he was excited about his new role with the department, but acknowledged that he felt bittersweet about the move.

In addition to the line-of-duty death of Dolton firefighter Lawrence Matthews in June, the former chief said he’s dealt with the deaths of his best friend, a Troy firefighter, and a retired firefighting mentor this year.

McCain’s role change will allow the department to reduce overtime costs an estimated $34,800 to $81,000 annually by adding another body to the staff.

There is no prohibition on firefighters working second jobs and, in fact, fire department employees are not even required to report secondary employment, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said.

Dyer, who will have 20 years with the department in February, made lieutenant in April 2013 and was brought on as Dolton’s fire code inspector in 2015.

Dyer said that as fire code inspector he’s also worked with local schools to reinstate the practice of holding fire drills with the fire department.

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